It doesn’t matter if you are a Windows, Mac or Linux user, you will have undoubtedly used the built-in calculator to solve a few sums.

If you found the calculator limited or are someone that needs a little more power to work out more complex equations, Microsoft’s decision to make its Microsoft Mathematics application free might be of interest to you.

Microsoft Mathematics provides users with a number of different mathematical tools that can help students and those interested in maths, get their work done quickly and easily. It will help users learn to solve equations step-by-step instead of providing a straight answer, educating the user and allowing them to better understand the fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Its graphing calculator works much like a handheld calculator, also helping to evaluate triangles, convert units and solve different equations.

The application was once a paid download and is now free, it also comes with a help file to explain its functionality and provides examples of different math problems. Microsoft Mathematics is supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows OS but it  does require the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.