Encarta answers your questions via MSN Messenger

By Donny Parrett

So many people have told me about this feature, I just had to try it out for myself, and now that I have, I've just got to share it with you!

>You can add Encarta to your MSN Messenger contact list and ask it questions. The answers are totally fascinating but first, here's how to get this going.

  1. Open MSN Messenger and sign in.

  2. Add Encarta as a contact: encarta@conversagent.com

  3. Press enter on Encarta from your Contact List.

  4. Ask a question.

You'll get this instant message when you add the contact:

Welcome! My name is Encarta Instant Answers. I am a smart computer who can bring you the Encarta info you want right in your IM window! Here are some questions you can ask me:

* What is the size of Italy?
* Where was Nelson Mandela born?
* What is a cello?

Type your question and I'll look it up for you!

Well, I was in the festive mood, so I entered, "Who is Santa?"

Encarta Instant Answers replied with, "Santa Claus, legendary bringer of gifts at Christmas. He is generally depicted as a fat, jolly man with a white beard, dressed in a red suit trimmed..." You get the idea. You can even ask him if he is a real person, or how old he is, or anything else you want to ask.

I'm not sure if it works on AOL, but if you have MSN, add him to your contact list and anytime you have a question, just ask Encarta.

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