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Microsoft's Obsolete Product page has information on release dates for many of these products, and could serve as a reference. I know it isn't 3rd party, but release dates of these products are hardly arguable. I don't know how this would be referenced (material in a table), but if someone else does, I think that could be good. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 20:38, 25 November 2011 (UTC)
Cleanup needed desperately
My goodness me, this article is certainly rose-tinted. It's full of statements like "The success of the Microsoft Windows operating system could be attributed to the availability and range of Microsoft Home software." What nonsense. Hardly any of these products achieved significant sales, so drawing such a conclusion is utter rubbish. What concerns me is that this article doesn't just sound like it was written by Microsoft's PR department, but sounds awfully like it was lifted from somewhere else. Somewhere with copyright.
Uhhh... things like Encarta and Dangerous Creatures was bundled almost always with new PCs from this era. It seems as though almost everywhere there was a Windows computer at the time, there was a Microsoft Home CD there too.
Editing in Progress
I'm adding new content to this page. I'll be adding more relevant, unbiased information, as well as any relevant facts and figures. I'm thinking of specifying what media each piece of software comes in, as well. I'm just wondering whether I should get rid of the price column, on the table? Tell me what you think. --AxelLoder 09:30, 29 December 2006 (UTC)
- Yes, absolutely. Remove anything that makes it sound even in the least like we're selling something. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 19:01, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
In regards to Platforms
A distinction of the platform that was mainstream when the software was released is not necessary. This is because most of the applications that came out in 1995 and 1996, when say Microsoft Windows 95 was mainstream, were still compatible with Microsoft Windows 3.1/3.11 (not 3.0). Also, some applications like the Microsoft Fine Artist CD-ROM (Revised Version 2.0) came out in 1996 but were compatible with Microsoft Windows 3.1/3.11, Microsoft Windows 95 and Apple Macintosh System 7 and higher! Because many applications crossover several platforms, it could be very hard to seperate them into platform lists.
Can we get rid of the line "However, some of them are available for download on the Internet." Almost any software could have this line but they don't, and for good reason. 188.8.131.52 13:36, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
There's this huge section of legal stuff that I don't think needs to be in an encyclopedia article. Here's the text I removed if you wish to review it (it's very long):
Prices listed in this article reflect estimated retail prices based on a retail price survey conducted by MSI Inc in 1994. See your retailer for details on a specific product. Retail Prices may vary. Microsoft Home Software Catalog © 1994 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Companies, names and/or data used in screens in sample output are fictitious, unless otherwise noted. Microsoft, Bookshelf, Cinemania, MS, MS-DOS, and the Windows logo are registered trademarks and Autosum, Encarta, Explorapedia, Exploratron, McZee and the mcZee design, Natural Keyboard, PageWizard, QuickShelf, SoundBits, and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. The Original Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (Americanized Version) is licensed from Longman Group UK Ltd. The People's Chronology is licensed from Henry Holt and Company, Inc. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition is licensed from Houghton Mifflin Company. The Columbia Dictionary if Quotations and The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia are licensed from Columbia University Press. Hammond Intermediate World Atlas is licensed from Hammon Incorporated. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 1994 is licensed from Funk & Wagnalls Corporation. The World Almanac and The World Almanac and Book of Facts are registered trademarks of Funk & Wagnalls Corporation.
Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mac, Macintosh, and True-Type are registered trademarks and Power Macintosh and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Flight Simulator is a trademark of Bruce A. Artwick. Asteroids and Centipede are registered trademarks and Battlezone, Missle Command, and Tempest are trademarks of Atari Corporation. Ghostwriter and Ghostwriter Icon are trademarks and service marks of Children's Television Workshop. Chip's Challenge is a registered trademark of Epyx, Inc. Hanna-Barbera is a registered trademark and characters depicted are trademarks of Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. Hayes is a registered trademark of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. PS/2 is aregistered trademark of Internation Business Machines Corporation. Pipe-Dream is a trademark of LucasFilm, Ltd. The Major League Baseball logo is a registered trademark of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. The Major League Club insignias depicted in this article are trademarks which are the exclusive property of the respective Major League Clubs and may not be reproduced without their written consent. Pay On-Line is a registered service mark of National Payment Clearinghouse, Inc. The NBA and any individual NBA member team indentifications reproduced on this article are protected trademarks and/or copyrighted works that are the exclusive property of NBA Properties, Inc. Pinehurst is a registered trademark of Resorts of Pinehurst, Inc. Rabbit Ears, the Rabbit Ears logo, and P.J. Rabbit are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Rabbit Ears Productions, Inc. The Magic School Bus and logo are trademarks of Scholastic Inc. © 1994 Scholastic Inc. based on The Magical School Bus series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. All rights reserved. Sierra Club is a trademark of the Sierra Club. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. TETRIS is a trademark of V/O Electronorgtechnica (Elorg.). The World Wildlife Fund logo is a registered trademark of World Wildlife Fund. The aforementioned legal declarations are designed to represent trademarks and service marks respective to their companies. Any errors are purely unintentional.
The entire system requirements section is unnecessary and irrelevant as of today. I'm removing it. Please discuss here before adding it back. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 10:53, 15 September 2007 (UTC)
Maybe in the US... in Canada it is legal. Uploading is illegal.
Done in by *cough*Wikipedia*cough*. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/microsoft-encarta-dies-after-long-battle-with-wikipedia/ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:07, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
Should probably be merged here; short article on discontinued subject that likely fails verification criteria... Ryan Norton 23:13, 5 August 2010 (UTC)
Seamlessly done, thanks! Ryan Norton 11:19, 10 August 2010 (UTC)