Microsoft Churns out Edutainment software- Worldwide Telesccope.
Microsoft has launched (an appropriate metaphor this time) its Worldwide Telescope desktop application. You must download the software, but then you're treated to a beautiful array of images and "guided tours" of the cosmos (see screenshots below). Intended for science education, "Worldwide Telescope stitches together terabytes of high-resolution images of celestial bodies, and displays them in a way that relates to their actual position in the sky."
According to Microsoft, the mission of Worldwide Telescope is:
--To aggregate scientific data from major telescopes, observatories and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single cohesive Internet–based portal.
--To re-awaken the interest for science in the younger generations through astronomy and new technologies through the virtual observatory of the WWT. This also provides a wonderful base for teaching astronomy, scientific discovery, and computational science.
Well it sure does look neat from the pictures in the link but the system requirements are WAY too high. Not many machines are going to be able to use it properly.
I have a much better software that is both expandable, free to use and much better scientifically than this sound and light show .
It is called - Celestia.