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Tuesday, September 7, 2004
This just in from the Microsoft Downloads RSS feed!!

Microsoft Calculator Plus is now available!

Update: The CalcPlus link seems to lead nowhere now. It really did exist for a time. Donna Buenaventura saw it too. The plot thickens....

Everyone has been talking for years about how Microsoft has killed calculator innovation by including calc.exe with the operating system. After all those messy anti-trust suits and allegations of anti-competitiveness, Microsoft has finally answered the critics. The calculator dev team has been back in feature development mode. A new age of calculation is upon us. Prepare your eyes as I now convert barleycorns1 into feet!!

1: From Sizes.com. In England and Scotland, at least as early as the 12th century an inch was thought of as 3 barleycorns laid end to end. A document of 1474 states: “III barley corns take out of the middes [middle] of the Ere make an Inche and XII inches makith a foote and III fote makith a yarde.”