New Touch Optimized Calculator in Windows 10
Windows 10 is just about in the corner for its launch on 29th of this month, but from past several months Microsoft’s Windows Insider program have been letting us know what Windows 10 holds for us. Head-over to our Windows 10 section to know what’s new in Windows 10 and so on and so forth. Today I happened to take a look at the Windows 10’s brand new calculator.
Windows 10 Calculator
Following the minimalistic footprint of Windows 10, calculator is refreshed with a new touch-optimized skin with the ability to resize. Windows 10’s calculator carries 3 types of calculator including the Standard, Scientific, and Programmer modes, but Statistics calculator is axed, at least from the Insider build version I have, which is Windows 10 Pro. Converter utility is still in place, but Date calculation and Worksheets are missing. Did Microsoft think they are seldom used and decided to not carry forward to Windows 10? Or Microsoft may have buyed some time for doing other important things and skipped these icon tweaks for later updates. Time will tell.
Standard calculator is comparatively much bigger in size and keys are placed with large spacing for better touch experience and you do also see some repositioned functions. A new right side pane shows History and Memory data. A trash bin icon on lower right corner lets you clear the History or Memory.
Scientific calculator also gets larger with increased spacing between keys. You will no longer see dedicated Hyperbolic Sin Cos Tan keys, but nothing to worry, there is a HYP key that toggles the Sin Cos and Tan keys into Hyperbolic keys.
Microsoft has finally decided to remove the not truly “programmable” functions including Square root, Percentile, and Inverse. Most functions are rearranged and you will see the right pane carried to all calculator modes.
Unit Conversion calculator gets a dedicated single interface instead of a add-on interface seen in Windows 8.1. The other much needed change is the ability to edit any unit value to calculate the other. For example I can edit Fahrenheit value and the calculator gives the Celcius value and versa. Previously this was not possible – it was only unidirectional with input only on first value.