The new 2007 edition of Microsoft Student is out and ready for the start of the new school year. The price range is $60 to $70, the same as last year, andMicrosoft Student 2007 there are more new tools for math, science and languages. There is a $20 mail-in rebate. This package has always been a good deal for the money, and it gets better and better. The fact is, we love it, and we think everyone should have it.

The core of Microsoft Student is Encarta. This started out 25 years ago as a kind of junk encylopedia bought from Funk & wagnals, but it has been gradually improved and enlarged to the point that it is now our first choice for reference material. The environmental section for kids is better than reading a book on the subject and very fair-minded. Excellent gamest each geography, science, math and languages. The jobs and careers section has templates for resumes and introductory letters.

An interesting thing happens to your Internet Explorer Web browser after you load Microsoft Student: An Encarta box appears on the right of the screen. Any search term you enter for searching the Web is also entered in the Encarta box. Click on that box and you are taken to the online version of Encarta, where the information can provide crucial background for what you are picking up from the Web.

Other parts of Student teach you how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel and Word. A project section teaches you how to create brochures, time lines and posters. There’s plenty more and lots of info

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