The latest edition of Microsoft’s Encarta digital encyclopedia features, for the first time, content specifically tailored to elementary-age children, as well as helpful homework tools–making it a comprehensive source of information for students of all ages. Encarta for Kids, which is embedded within the Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 Edition at no extra cost, was designed around proven ways to communicate with young children online, Microsoft says. It’s not just a dumbed-down version of the regular edition, but was developed from scratch with contributions from respected children’s book authors. The Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 Edition also includes a free subscription to Math Homework Help good through Oct. 31, 2005. Math Homework Help allows students to call up sets of problems from specific textbooks by chapter and even by individual page numbers. Rather than providing solutions to the exact problems in the texts, however, students instead practice with and receive solutions for similar problems but with slightly different variables. The free subscription to Math Homework Help also includes access to Encarta encyclopedia content, Homework Tools, and other Encarta services from any PC with an internet connection. The Microsoft Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 DVD and CD sell for an estimated retail price of $69.99, and Microsoft also offers a $20 mail-in rebate to qualified customers. Volume discounts may apply for schools, colleges, and libraries.

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