Much of the information provided contains pictures with accompanying text. I did find in some circumstances that the scrolling window with text was actually a tad too small, as I prefer larger chunks of information to digest rather than constantly scrolling down a small window.
The software presents itself as a very easy to navigate interface that is very similar in feel to Internet Explorer crossed with a hybrid Windows Explorer. It's very comfortable to access and I did not find that there was any learning curve associated in getting up and running. There is also the option to copy the data to the hard drive, eliminating the need for swapping CDs all the time.
Encarta also has the ability to compile data and notes from areas already browsed and compiles them for ease of access during research and homework. Another feature I liked was the comprehensive tools for students to get them motivated in schoolwork using data from Encarta to produce some fantastic results.
I think that with this version of Encarta, Microsoft have certainly blitzed previous incarnations of Britannica insofar as user friendly content and features. There is now an enhanced dictionary and even templates for charts to include in presentations.
Encarta is certainly recommended by impulsegamer!