Microsoft Encarta Alternatives

    Microsoft Encarta is described as 'was a digital multimedia encyclopedia published by Microsoft Corporation from 1993 until 2009' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are nine alternatives to Microsoft Encarta for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, the Web, Android and Linux. The best alternative is Wikipedia, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft Encarta are Kiwix (Free, Open Source), Encyclopædia Britannica (Freemium), Reference.com (Free) and WikiTaxi (Free Personal).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 13, 2012

    • Wikipedia is a free, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia has 17 million articles (3.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Kindle Fire
      • MediaWiki
    • Kiwix enables you to have the whole Wikipedia at hand wherever you go! You don't need Internet, everything is stored on your computer, USB flash drive or DVD!.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Microsoft Encarta.


    • The Encyclopædia Britannica is a general English-language encyclopaedia published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., a privately-held company.
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      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
    • Reference.com offers a massive online dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, quote finder, and translator (powered by Google Translate)- all for free.
      • Free
      • Online
    • WikiTaxi It's a portable application that delivers the Wikipedia of your choice to wherever you go.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.3.0, released on June 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • Free Personal
      • Windows
    • Dictionary and offline Wikipedia reader.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
    • Uncyclopedia is the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. It parodies Wikipedia.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
    • Okawix lets you download the whole content of Wikipedia, with or without images, so that you can browse it offline:Okawix is available in 253 languages and includes sister...
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Wikipedia is probably the single largest, most comprehensive and simply best information resource out there on the Internet - a really great resource.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.4.11, released on November 2011, can be still downloaded from Google Play Store.

      • Free
      • Android