Interacting with Encarta via IM

This is pretty cool (via Chris Sells). You add as a contact in your MSN Messenger contacts list and then you can start interacting with Encarta. I started by issuing the following questions for which I got exactly the answers I was expecting:

  • I want to see a map of Xanthi
  • Where is Thessaloniki?
  • How many people are there in Greece?
  • What’s earth’s population?
  • Then engaged into a discussion…
    • Savas: Hello
    • Encarta: Hello. How can I help?
    • Savas: How old are you?
    • Encarta: 5 months, 4 days, 8 minutes and 39 seconds! What else do you want to talk about, anyway?
    • Savas: How about the weather?
    • Encarta: Sorry savas, I’m an Encyclopedia, I don’t do the weather ;-). For weather info, you can ask my friend SmarterChild (his screename is
    • Savas: Do you know anything about Microsoft?
    • Encarta: Microsoft Corporation is the largest company in the world dedicated to creating computer software.
    • Savas: Who created you?
    • Encarta: I was created by Conversagent, Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA and New York, NY.
    • Savas: And what is your purpose in life?
    • Encarta: My purpose is to answer your questions using the Encarta Online Encyclopedia. I can chat with you and help you get the information you want fast! Why don’t you ask me something that’s actually in Encarta? :-) I’m sure you’ve heard about Uzbekistan… but do you know where it is? Just ask me and I’ll show it to you on a map!

Pretty cool me thinks.

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