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Mathematica 8 is now available

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  • Subject: [mg113865] Mathematica 8 is now available
  • From: Wolfram Research <newsdesk at>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 05:06:00 -0500 (EST)

Wolfram Research Introduces Unique Concept of Linguistically 
Controlled Computing

New Mathematica 8 Integrates Wolfram|Alpha - One of More Than 500 
New Features

November 15, 2010--Wolfram Research today announced the release 
of Mathematica 8, the latest version of its flagship computation, 
development, and deployment platform that introduces the 
breakthrough concept of linguistically controlled computing. 
Integrating technology of Wolfram|Alpha, the Mathematica-powered 
computational knowledge engine, makes it possible to enter math 
or data calculations in plain English and get immediate answers 
or start an extensive analysis.

"Traditionally, getting computers to perform tasks requires 
speaking their language or using point-and-click interfaces. One 
requires learning syntax, the other limits scope of accessible 
functions," said Stephen Wolfram, CEO and Founder of Wolfram 
Research. "Free-form linguistics understands human language and 
translates it into syntax-a breakthrough in usability. 
Mathematica 8 is the start of this initiative, but already it is 
making a real difference to user productivity."

Free-form input is a new entry point into the Mathematica 
idea-to-deployment workflow, but Mathematica 8 adds a major new 
endpoint too: generation of C code and standalone executables. 
Using Mathematica, organizations no longer have to rely on 
separate tools for prototyping and deployment, but can complete 
the entire workflow with one integrated tool.

"It's amazing that you can start with free-form linguistic input, 
model or prototype, and end up with a high-performance standalone 
program or library...all within Mathematica 8's comprehensive 
workflow," said Tom Wickham-Jones, Director of Kernel Technology 
at Wolfram Research.

Even with these major enhancements at either end of the workflow, 
the most significant additions in Mathematica 8 are the more than 
500 new functions in many new and extended application areas, 

* Probability and statistics: largest collection of statistical
distributions and automatic high-level solvers including
parameter estimation
* Software development: built-in GPU support, automatic code
generation and linking, multicore parallelism, and standalone
code deployment
* Engineering: integrated control systems and wavelet analysis
* Graphs and networks: extensive built-in support for the new
science of networks
* Finance: built-in option pricing solvers, financial indicators,
and charts
* Image processing: enhanced image analysis capabilities, such as
feature detection

"In all of these domains, you will find dramatic depth of 
coverage," stated Roger Germundsson, Director of Research & 
Development at Wolfram Research. "The functions are designed to 
work together seamlessly across different domains which allows 
combining them in new and innovative ways."

"Rather than build individual spikes of functionality provided by 
traditional specialist tools, Mathematica's concept is based on 
building up the complete mountain range," said Conrad Wolfram, 
Director of Strategic Development at Wolfram Research. "It's this 
broad functionality across a wide area that enabled us to build 
state-of-the-art application areas such as statistics and 
probability so quickly for Mathematica 8."


Mathematica 8 is available immediately for Windows XP/Vista/7, 
Mac OS X, Linux x86, and compatible systems. More product details 
are available on the Mathematica website:

NOTE: Mathematica users with Premier Service will receive an 
email in the next few days with instructions on how to download 
their free upgrades.

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