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Windows Calculator is expanded with graphing function

Windows Calculator is expanded with graphing function

Microsoft adds a graphing function to the Windows Calculator. It is the first new feature to be added since the app was made open source at the beginning of this month.

The code of Windows Calculator was made open source at the beginning of this month and published on GitHub. Microsoft wants to work with the community to build new functionality for the calculator and initially focuses on the addition of a graph function. This will allow users to create graphs based on mathematical equations.

The graph function is one of more than 30 suggestions, which have already been presented at GitHub. Dave Grochoki, the Microsoft engineer who made the proposal, argues that a calculator with graph function is indispensable for students who take their first steps in (linear) algebra, which according to him is the gateway to mathematics and other STEM disciplines.

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However, physical chart calculators are expensive and software solutions often require an expensive license. Windows Calculator is a free part of Windows 10, to which many schools and students worldwide have access. However, the app currently does not have the necessary functionality to meet the requirements of students, Grochoki concludes.

Apart from the potential impact on education, a graph function is also one of the most requested features via Microsoft’s Feedback Hub. Many users will therefore be happy that the functionality is finally introduced in the calculator. For the time being, there is no known timeline for the development and roll-out of the function.

Related: Microsoft makes Windows Calculator open source via GitHub

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