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Microsoft Student 2007
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Microsoft Student 2007

8/11/2006

69.95

The Bottom Line
A comprehensive encyclopedia/homework helper for families with students in 6th-12th grade.
This all-in-one homework helper for students in 6th through 12th grades combines the excellent Encarta Premium Edition encyclopedia with a variety of homework helpers in math, foreign languages, and writing. It also helps students with researching, outlining, and writing projects.
Microsoft Student opens up to a clean interface offering three methods of navigation: Homework, Projects, and Discover & Learn. Under Homework, students can find help with math, foreign languages, or search tools. By selecting Projects, kids can get help with papers and reports, charts and graphs, and presentations. Discover & Learn is the gateway to Encarta as well as college guidance and an assortment of learning games.
This version of Encarta continues Microsoft’s excellence in providing an easy-to-use encyclopedia. In addition to the over 66,000 articles, and extensive multimedia content, the software also includes a dictionary, thesaurus, and an interactive world atlas. When students enter a search, the return not only provides Encarta references, but credible web sites as well.
Students can obtain step-by-step homework help for math problems from their specific math book via a partnership with the outstanding Hotmath web site. New to this year's version of Microsoft Student is Microsoft Math, a resource that provides both tutorials as well as step-by-step solutions to many pre-algebra, algebra, and trigonometry problems. Students will also find an onscreen graphing calculator, a triangle solver, and an equation library of more than 125 formulas.
The foreign-language help covers French, German, Spanish and Italian with additional Web site links to Latin and Japanese dictionaries. Kids can get help with translations from English to the various languages, and also find verb conjugations in French, German and Spanish.

Another useful tool is the Book Summaries found under the Projects heading. Covering hundreds of classic books, students can learn about the author, read an analysis of the themes and characters of the book, or review a list of possible ideas or themes for reports and papers.

To get the full benefit of Microsoft Student 2007, families will need to own Microsoft Office XP or 2003. Microsoft Student 2007 offers a variety of presentation templates that rely on Microsoft’s Power Point. It also uses charts and graphs found in Microsoft Excel, including an excellent Grade Tracker spreadsheet.

Families also will need an Internet connection and a Microsoft .NET Passport to be able to use the Hotmath help, the Encarta Web Links, and other online resources.

Inevitably, preteens and teens discover that they need homework help late at night. With Microsoft Student 2007 loaded on the family computer, many of these late night crises can be avoided. This is an excellent, comprehensive resource.

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Microsoft Student 2007
Company: Microsoft
Price: 69.95
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