This summer, software giant Microsoft Corp. plans to release a new tool designed to make doing homework--long a source of mental anguish for students--less about headaches and more about learning. Called Microsoft Student 2006 (MS Student 2006), the product is a cross between Microsoft's online Encyclopedia Encarta, a customizable search engine, and its Office productivity suite--geared specifically to the needs of students. The software includes a built-in graphing calculator for use on advanced math problems, word-processing templates and tutorials designed to guide students through difficult writing assignments, and a special tool that helps students conduct online research by pointing them...

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