Goodbye, Win32 Calculator. Windows 10 moves Modern apps to center stage.

Windows 10 CalculatorSo long, Windows 7 calculator. You were quite the upgrade over the version that shipped with Windows Vista and older operating systems. You had a scientific mode that most people have no use for. My college professors wouldn’t let me use you instead of a TI 83. You also looked gaudy and didn’t match Windows 8. In Windows 8, you had a successor lurking on the Start screen, so we knew your days were limited. That day has arrived.

When Microsoft released Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926, they began removing many redundant features and suppressing others. The old Win32 calculator was one of the casualties. With a Modern version present since Windows 8, it’s an obvious move now that these apps can reside in resizeable windows on the desktop.

Don’t fret however, all the functionality of the old Calculator appears to be present in the Modern version. The only real issue I have is that the Calculator button on my Sidewinder X4 keyboard is bipolar about launching┬áthe app, but I’m sure this will be fixed in a later build.

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Goodbye, Win32 Calculator. Windows 10 moves Modern apps to center stage.

2 thoughts on “Goodbye, Win32 Calculator. Windows 10 moves Modern apps to center stage.

    1. But, who runs Calculator as an Admin? The app doesn’t even support printing, so it doesn’t need full system access. Apps which do need it, will likely gain it before the OS reaches RTM.

      Modern apps are generally sandboxed for security, which is why we don’t see apps with advanced system and hardware access. “WiFi Analyzer” on Android was one of my favorite apps for performing site surveys, but with sandboxing, such apps just are not possible on Windows, unless Microsoft makes the apps, or green lights them.

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