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A spokesman for Microsoft declined to comment on whether Wikipedia contributed to Microsoft's decision to shut down Encarta. The spokesman said the move was "one piece of a broader strategy to continue to evolve our product offerings to address the next wave of people's search and research needs."
Jay Walsh, a spokesman for the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation that coordinates Wikipedia, said he took no joy in seeing Encarta die and hopes that Microsoft releases its reference materials to other sites on the Internet that can keep them available. "We're not in a business where we're trying to put anyone out of business," Mr. Walsh said.