Priced at a reasonable $4.99, the app carries on a long tradition of the Encyclopedia Britannica being associated with Windows-based platforms. Those old enough to remember the dawn of multimedia computing will remember Encyclopedia Britannica coming on a collection of CDs for the PC. Complete with real video clips and colorful images, the app arguably ushered in a new wave of multimedia applications.
Fast forward to today though, and the app is almost redundant. The advent of the Internet, along with the likes of Google and of course Wikipedia, have left encyclopedias in both paper and digital flavors to be something that we simply do not use anymore. A shame? Of course. Likely to change? Not really.
That said, the Encyclopedia Britannica app for Windows Phone features 80,000 articles and is fully searchable which should make finding the information you need as easy as possible. Images, diagrams and charts are also included in the app, as is the ability to download articles for viewing offline. The app itself does usually require a data connection in order to work, so offline viewing is a feature that is not to be sniffed at.
If you’re not already fully indoctrinated into the ways of Google and Wikipedia, and prefer to have your information all in one place and easily accessible, then Encyclopedia Britannica is no doubt well worth your five dollars. If you’re truly living in the future though, we suspect the internet is all the encyclopedia you need. It really is a shame, especially for those of us who grew up learning from CDs full of grainy videos and out of date text articles.
That’s progress for you.
With the 2012 Encyclopaedia Britannica App for Windows Phone all of this trusted information now fits in the palm of your hand. The Encyclopaedia Britannica App gives mobile users the ability to find information and explore subjects without compromise. Users can feel confident that their answers are accurate and vetted by professional editors and expert contributors.
- 80,000 articles in a fully searchable database
- Tens of thousands of images, diagrams, and charts
- Ability to download articles for offline viewing, store your favorites and access your search history
- Research noteworthy events and birthdates from “This Day” in history
- An A-Z browse allows users to browse the entire contents of the
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