It's hard to compete with free, a lesson newspapers are learning painfully. And so Microsoft is ditching its encyclopedia Encarta.
It will stop selling discs in June, then discontinue its Web sites Oct. 31. The Japanese Web site will live on until the end of the year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Microsoft didn't specifically mention Wikipedia is its statement that the way users seek and consume information has changed. But 97 percent of users went to Wikipedia in January, while second-place Encarta got just 1.27 percent of traffic, reports The New York Times.