Thursday, November 23, 2006

Derive to be discontinued

According to Bernhard Kutzler writing in the Derive user group newsletter, the Derive computer algebra system will soon be discontinued as Texas Instruments focuses on its future nSpire platform. (Which I have previously written about here, and here.)

This radical change, rather than an upgrade evolution, will likely disturb many existing customers. Kutzler writes "There are many features in Derive 6 which are not (yet) available in TI-Nspire."

The main reason provided is the aim of unifying CAS, graphing, geometry, spreadsheet and text processing in one product. If true then this leads to the natural question of whether TI's existing geometry product, Cabri, is destined for the same fate?

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