Wolfram Alpha has always been popular, but in recent times, it has been more in the news owing to Siri’s dependency on the service. For those who don’t know much about Wolfram Alpha, it is a service that can be useful if you are looking for some piece of information, but don’t want to sort through a lot of search results. Wolfram Alpha is intelligent enough to come up with all the necessary information related to your query, and you can even perform complex calculation using the service’s calculator. Wolfram Alpha+, although not an official Windows Phone 7 client for Wolfram Alpha, comes with all the features offered by the web version of the service. You can perform calculations, simplify mathematical equations and ask Wolfram Alpha+ anything you want.
By default, Wolfram Alpha+ starts up in its calculator mode, and you can switch to text search by hitting the switch keyboard button available in the bottom bar of the main screen. It is, however, possible to change the default mode from the Settings menu. To get any question’s answer, just enter a word or phrase in the text box at the top of the screen and hit the little orange button next to it. You will be taken to the relevant page, listing all the important data regarding your query. Most of the information provided by the app is in tabular form, which makes it really easy to use. To navigate to the next page of the article or past search results, you can use the previous and next keys.
If you want to use Wolfram Alpha+ as a calculator, it provides all the features offered by the stock Calculator app, along with a few extra ones. You can program buttons in the app’s calculator, and there are two such customizable buttons offered by Wolfram Alpha+. From the Settings menu, you can tinker with the button label as well as the functionality it offers. When you perform a calculation on the app, you can see the answers by hitting the simplify button from the bottom bar, or if you are looking for detailed, step-by-step mathematical procedures, just hit the orange text box button. The search result for mathematical calculations are as detailed as text search results, and demonstrate all possible outcomes and solving methods of the entered equation.
Wolfram Alpha+ is available as a free download, and you can grab it by heading to the following link.