When I want to find information, for a report, essay, etc., I go directly to Encarta.com, because it's one of the most comprehensive e-encyclopedias ever assembled. If I can't place my finger on the definition of a particular word, I use an application called BookShelf to find it. It, too, is very comprehensive--including a dictionary and an encyclopedia, bundled with several other goodies. Nearly every important entry is packed with demonstrative data: videos, pictures, histograms--all filed under MEDIA and thumbnailed for ease-of-use. I've fallen in love with these applications. To me, there is nothing in the world that could compete with them. But what's WORSE is . . . they are all products of Microsoft, Inc. What is it, us Mac users, forced to use Microsoft's superior reference suites? Why? I want to hurl Bill Gates bodily through a wall of fishhooks, I do--but you have to admit, you would be foolish not to admit, their reference software is much better than anything else. When will Apple come out with 'iReference'? Is this something we should even hope for? I do. I hope Apple comes out with a reference application that staggers the software architects at Microsoft. That lures even Bill Gates to its client-base. Until that time . . . I'm disgusted.