Wolfram|Alpha Discontinues Its Webapp to Push Its $50 Native App
December 3, 2009
When Wolfram|Alpha, (the computational knowledge engine) launched its App Store app two months ago it faced a huge wave of criticism. Indeed the app costs $50, needed an Internet connection and did the exact same thing that you could do by simply pointing your iPhone browser to the WolframAlpha webapp.Well, it seems like they decided to also fight off the "there is a webapp for that" syndrome and are discontinuing their iPhone webapp. From now on if you try to access the website from your iPhone you'll be just getting the same interface as on your computer plus a little invitation to acquire the App Store Native version.
The move is understandable since I don't believe anybody actually accepted buying it in the previous situation. Nonetheless $50 could still be seen as a little bit pricey just for the comfort of using an iPhone-optimized version of their excellent service.
Business is business, but is this really going to make you buy it ?