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Microsoft to bin MSN Encarta

Microsoft is set to bin its online encyclopaedia MSN Encarta following the growth of competitors such as Wikipedia.

"Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years. However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed," a statement from Microsoft said. "People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past."

Users have shied away from Encarta's 42,000 professionally edited entries and instead have embraced user created content on sites such as Wikipedia and Knol which boast 2.7m and 100,000 entries respectively.

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