- nice interface – not as good as the previous editions, but I still like it, because it’s still easy to navigate and doesn’t confuse me at all
- nice multimedia – I like the virtual 3-D tours of some places around the world like the Colosseum because it makes it so life like
- wonderful homework tools – cool timeline, how-to’s on how to maker graphs, pie charts and stuff, detailed and good math help, with even a customizable calculator skins, helpful diagrams
- good price – depends on where you get it, I looked at Best Buy, and their price was about $20 more than the one I bought at Sam’s Club, which costed about $45, but it’s still a nice price
- great Dictionary & Foreign Lang. tools – has about every word I need with most having a pronunciation sound button so you can hear the world.
- great Geography tools – includes an interactive atlas and nice map features, with a good database of countries
- awesome quotations – i can see them being handy
- neat design and layout – not too cluttered, and everything’s just in the right spot so it’s easy to read
But then there are some bad things:
- long download time – takes about 20 – 30 mintues for me to install it
- horrible updating of content – you have to press the update button (it doesn’t update on it’s own), and the last time I had to manually download it into my folders, which is not a nice thing, but today it worked
- needs more info. and content – although they are nice articles and multimedia, they need some more info. on stuff, and more multimedia they like only had 4 pieces of interactive mutlimedia along their articles
- doesn’t automatically give you a free "MSN" Encarta Subscription for buying the retail Encarta. – Microsoft Student already has that, so why does it need you to buy another Encarta on the web? I just want to see the quizzes and articles about college and not have to see ads and stuff.
- not lots of Sports content – they don’t even have much about the recent 2006 Olympics. Just a datachart and a few articles about some important athletes that went there.
- the Atlas is so 20th century – it’s like still 2D and so is the road map. they should put in a modern 3D one so it’s more visually appealing to see the globe. The tools are nice and all, but they should make the globe itself 3D or better
- Periodic Table is too small – they expect me to read that? they don’t even have an option for making it bigger
- there of course isn’t a book summary for everything – but they do have the most crucial ones
- Foreign Language translations are slow – they’re not like instant translations, it has to get the whole detail right first.
- more Scienece topics – not very detailed like all the other subjects; something they should work on
Overall, I still like Microsoft Student. It has everything I need and in a good-to-read way. It just need some basic tweaks and stuff, and it would be the ultimate product out there to buy. Let’s just hope the next version is better.