Wikipedia trounces Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia to death

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"F*%$! accuracy!" So seems to say the world in our high-speed, internet-crazed culture where the free, web-based, cooperative encyclopedia Wikipedia has just dealt the death blow to Encarta Encyclopedia. Maybe you recall your professors telling you that Wikipedia is not an official source? Or maybe you work for a magazine that does not verify its facts based on Wiki's word?

Tough luck—it's becoming a little bit harder to avoid Wiki on the web this week. One merely has to look at the numbers to see why Wiki gained the upper hand. According to Hitwise, an internet ratings service, Wikipedia received 97 percent of the visits in the United States to online encyclopedias for the month of January. Encarta came in second, but with only a little more than one percent of the views.