In 1999 the company debuted the Encarta Africana, an encyclopaedia of black history that was the result of a collaboration with scholars, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and published a print and digital dictionary, the Encarta World English Dictionary, called the Encarta Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language in subsequent editions. Encarta Dictionary. When Encarta was released as part of the 'Reference Suite' in 1998 to 2000, Microsoft bundled 'Microsoft Bookshelf' with the other programs.
2009 / August 2008; 9 years ago ( 2008-08) Website at the (archived October 31, 2009) Microsoft Encarta was a published by from 1993 to 2009. Originally sold on or, it was also later available on the World Wide Web via an annual subscription – although later many articles could also be viewed free online with advertisements.
By 2008, the complete English version, Encarta Premium, consisted of more than 62,000 articles, numerous photos and illustrations, music clips, videos, interactive content, timelines, maps, atlases and homework tools. Microsoft published similar encyclopedias under the Encarta trademark in various languages, including,,,,, and.
Localized versions contained contents licensed from national sources and more or less content than the full English version. For example, the Dutch version had content from the Dutch encyclopedia. In March 2009, Microsoft announced it was discontinuing both the Encarta disc and online versions.