Encyclopedia Britannica has been one of the most popular information centres but with the new wave of technology it seems it has shied away. However, that doesn’t mean to say this still isn’t a popular method of today. Now, the encyclopedia is available in pint sized form, in fact the new versions can be found in the palm of the hand – well in the new Windows Phone. That is right; Encyclopedia Britannica is now available for the handy mobile phone in the form of a new app which can be easily downloaded onto the phone. It can even be updated to the new version of 2012 just in case the old version was downloaded.
Though, the encyclopedia can at times be used offline as well as online. It avoids having to fill up the memory of the phone so the app is still great even if it is working offline. However, if the offline mode will be used to view any information, the user might need a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Both aren’t however, all that great to run this app but it still works fairly well.
The app isn’t going to cost a lot at four dollars and change – just under the five dollar mark to be exact but it could be well worth purchasing if the phone user often refers to this. Of course, Encyclopedia Britannica has been closed connected to most Windows platforms so no one is truly surprised to see Encyclopedia Britannica making an appearance with the Windows phone.
However, there might be a problem with this app – no one uses it anymore. That is the simple fact. Ten or so years ago, when the internet was just becoming popular, the Encyclopedia Britannica editions were very popular, everyone was using them. However, after the advancing internet, it does seem that Encyclopedia Britannica is no longer necessary. It is but there isn’t because more people are using sources such as Google which means that the Encyclopedia Britannica editions are not so much required.
It is terrible because encyclopedia is actually great. It was and still is a great source of information but now with the internet, it’s almost impossible to compete. Yet, Encyclopedia Britannica does have over eighty thousand different articles on the app just waiting to be searched for. It does in fact make searching for the right source of information so simple and if it does hit the marketplace well enough, it could start becoming a force that could compete with the biggest search engines out there today.
To be honest, not every web user will want to use search engines. Some of the more mature internet users might tend to stick to this program, especially if they want a simple model to use with fast results. However, it might all depend over what a web user is looking to use. The app and the internet can work perfectly but maybe both aren’t for everyone. The only real thing that someone will need to think about is what type of source they want to use to get their information.