Microsoft Updates Calculator with Improved Trigonometry support

In Windows 10, Microsoft replaced the good old calculator with a new Modern app. Microsoft has opened its source code, that allows the app to be ported to Android, iOS, and Web. The recent update to the app adds improvements to Trigonometry functions.

The modern Calculator app constantly receives improvements. Some time ago it has got a Currency Converter. Also, Microsoft has added the Always on Top feature. The Always on Top feature of the app will allow Calculator remain always visible on the screen in the system at all times.

The new update adds a dedicated drop-down list for Trigonometry functions. Also, there is a new "functions" option that allows to managing relations between data sets.

Before (left) and after (right):

The change is available starting in app version 10.1909.1.0 that has been gradually released to users of Windows 10 version 1909, also known as "19H2" and "November 2019 Update".

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7 thoughts on “Microsoft Updates Calculator with Improved Trigonometry support”

Thanks Sergey! Calculator is getting better and better!

Thanks for this information, Sergey. Secondary maths teachers worldwide will be most interested.

Two questions:
* What exactly are the new trigonometric functions? It looks from the screenshots above that it includes the hyperbolic trigonometric functions, but is there anything else? Perhaps Microsoft has a convenient link to a page with the complete list of functions old and new.
* What advances, if any, are there on Classic Calculator, which I installed years ago from your website and which still works excellently?

I run Windows Calculator 10.1910.0.0 is apparently provided with Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.476]. The scientific option correctly calculates
569936821221962380720³ + (-569936821113563493509)³ + (-472715493453327032)³ = 3 and the final history shows the 3 intermediate steps with all the exact digits of of each step. I was surprised with this precise result of 3, since each intermediate result was expressed in imprecise scientific notation as explained at https://www.karenware.com/n/kptnl/2005/06/01/little-world-of-big-numbers_windows-approximator_karen-s-calculator . Thus, Windows Calculator now is smarter than ever! (2019-12-07)

Putting the trig functions in a drop down was a terrible decision. Not only is it an extra click, but it also breaks the ENTER key, because once you select the function you want, the mouse is stuck on the Trigonometry menu instead of on the equal sign. Not only that, you had to duplicate the “2nd” button to get the inverse functions.

Same here. 20+ years I have been using the calculator. Now it’s an extra click to access the trigonometric functions, which I need to use probably in every other equation. Plain stupid.
I need to find an alternative app on the internet because I am not supporting deterioration, let alone by donations.

Thanks Sergey! Calculator is getting better and better!

Thanks for this information, Sergey. Secondary maths teachers worldwide will be most interested.

Two questions:

* What exactly are the new trigonometric functions? It looks from the screenshots above that it includes the hyperbolic trigonometric functions, but is there anything else? Perhaps Microsoft has a convenient link to a page with the complete list of functions old and new.

* What advances, if any, are there on Classic Calculator, which I installed years ago from your website and which still works excellently?

I run Windows Calculator 10.1910.0.0 is apparently provided with Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.476]. The scientific option correctly calculates

569936821221962380720³ + (-569936821113563493509)³ + (-472715493453327032)³ = 3 and the final history shows the 3 intermediate steps with all the exact digits of of each step. I was surprised with this precise result of 3, since each intermediate result was expressed in imprecise scientific notation as explained at https://www.karenware.com/n/kptnl/2005/06/01/little-world-of-big-numbers_windows-approximator_karen-s-calculator . Thus, Windows Calculator now is smarter than ever! (2019-12-07)

Putting the trig functions in a drop down is just stupid. Now it’s an extra click to get to the trig functions. Just stupid.

Putting the trig functions in a drop down was a terrible decision. Not only is it an extra click, but it also breaks the ENTER key, because once you select the function you want, the mouse is stuck on the Trigonometry menu instead of on the equal sign. Not only that, you had to duplicate the “2nd” button to get the inverse functions.

Same here. 20+ years I have been using the calculator. Now it’s an extra click to access the trigonometric functions, which I need to use probably in every other equation. Plain stupid.

I need to find an alternative app on the internet because I am not supporting deterioration, let alone by donations.

You can use Old Classic Calculator for Windows 10.