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ENCYCLOPEDIA'S NEWEST ENTRY.

Byline: Roy Bassave Knight-Ridder Tribune News Wire

Microsoft has come out with a new version of its top-selling multimedia encyclopedia, Encarta Encyclopedia '97, offering a neat mix of words, pictures, sounds and interactive features.

Microsoft also is offering its first two-CD Microsoft Encarta '97 Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition. Features include:

Internet links: Both the basic and deluxe versions offer links to the World Wide Web directly from Encarta articles. (You need to subscribe to an Internet service provider to make use of this feature.) And while you're checking the Web links, take a look at the Online Library service, which lets you link to hundreds of periodicals, newspapers and references.

Yearbook: You use the Web to download monthly updates.

For teachers: Encarta '97 Encyclopedia Deluxe School Edition ($69.95) includes a teacher activity guide. For Windows and Macintosh.

Other Encarta Encyclopedia services: Encarta Encyclopedia Monthly Online Updates cost $19.95 for 18 installments, free if you have the deluxe edition. Encarta's Online Library is $6.95 a month, $34.95 for six months.

PC system requirements: 486DX/33Mhz or better, 8MB of RAM, 12MB of RAM required for Windows NT, VGA card with 256 colors, color monitor, double-speed CD-ROM drive, Windows 3.1 or higher, or Windows 95 or Windows NT, modem (9600 bps or faster recommended), Internet provider.

Macintosh system requirements: Any Apple Power Macintosh or Macintosh with a 25MHz 68030 processor or faster, 8MB of RAM, color monitor with 256 colors, double-speed CD-ROM drive, QuickTime 1.6.1 or higher, System 7.0.1 or higher, modem (9600 bps or faster recommended), Internet provider.

Estimated selling price: $54.95 (single CD), $79.95 (deluxe); Microsoft.

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