The world's largest maker of computer operating systems and productivity tools is getting into the curriculum software business, too: Microsoft Corp. has released a math software product, Microsoft Math 3.0, designed to help students complete math and science homework with parental assistance.

Earlier versions of the product were integrated into Microsoft's Student with Encarta Premium software. But Math 3.0 is a standalone product that can be downloaded from Microsoft's web site.

With Math 3.0, Microsoft's software engineers have applied their math expertise to meet what they perceive as a serious need. According to an...

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