Microsoft announced that on October 31, 2009, MSN Encarta websites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009. Additionally, Microsoft will cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009. Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products are also being discontinued. Microsoft will stop making them available for sale by June 2009. Encarta also will no longer be available on MSN Explorer.