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Encyclopedias: Encarta vs. Wikipedia

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In 1995, Microsoft was selling a CD-Rom based encyclopedia, Encarta. The same year another encyclopedia project was begun online, Wikipedia. Over the 15 years that followed,

A

Encarta grew into the most respected and cited encyclopedia because it had the backing of one of the largest corporations in the world.

B

Wikipedia became the most comprehensive and popular encyclopedia ever produced by providing an interactive platform where anyone could contribute their own knowledge and thus others could gain insight and knowledge.

C

Encarta dominated the market because of Microsoft's inventive use of computational tools to create new and original content.

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Wikipedia's dominance over Encarta has been the result of using web crawler algorithms to collect and process information, creating insight and knowledge for its users.