01 February 2011

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0: A Free Graphing Calculator For Math Students

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 logo

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 is the new version of Microsoft Mathematics, a desktop graphing calculator for math students and pretty much anyone who is looking for a good graphing calculator for Free.

Or as Microsoft writes it up:

Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science studies.

Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.

Previously it was not a openly free product, it was usually bundled with Microsoft Office promotions for students, added as a plus for schools and colleges that are enrolled in Microsoft volume licensing deals or sold for a fee. But now it is available for free for all from Microsoft. And If you are in the USA, you can even ask for it at Microsoft Stores in a CD for free IF you are a student or teacher with the only requirement of showing your ID. At least that is what someone told me, so I offer no guarantees on that working every time. Yet worth a shot just for the hell of it.

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 Graphing Calculator screenshot

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 is .Net 3.5 SP1 based and comes in both 32 & 64 bits flavors with support for XP, Vista & 7.  The 3 most clear updates in this new edition beyond whatever they had done to improve its core functions are:

1.-It now sports the Fluent UI-UX, more commonly known as The Ribbon. First included in Office 2007 and that now it is in pretty all of Microsoft new software where they can include it in and even in many Non-Microsoft apps where it made sense for the developer to add it in.

2.-Direct X default use for the graphics or Direct3D if not available, this last only in Vista and 7. And only really works great in Windows 7. Otherwise in the case of XP and Vista Direct X is and should be considered a obligatory basic requirement.

3.-Improved input. MM 4.0 comes with stylus input support and since it uses The Ribbon, it also works better by default with Windows Touch for when used in a Windows powered Tablet or Slate.

Even if MM 4.0 had not been released for free, it is clear that it has improved when compared  with its previous version in many ways. But as it now an app offered openly for free. There is really nothing better than it for the price that you can get right now in Windows.

Linkage

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0                                                 <—Download Page

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0  (32 bits)                          <—Direct Download Link

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0  (64 bits)                       <—Direct Download Link

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