Wolfram|Alpha isn’t just the wolframalpha.com website; it’s a whole range of technologies. While the website may be the most familiar way to access these technologies, there are many potential uses and interfaces for the Wolfram|Alpha technology. We’ve already seen a few. Mobile apps for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS make Wolfram|Alpha accessible anywhere. Widgets allow users to tap portions of Wolfram|Alpha and bring them into their own webpages. The Wolfram|Alpha API allows programmers to integrate Wolfram|Alpha’s data and computation abilities in their own programs. There are even private custom versions of Wolfram|Alpha used to analyze confidential corporate data.

But now there’s another interface to Wolfram|Alpha, one which brings with it a whole new set of capabilities: *Mathematica*. With the new *Mathematica* 8, you can access the Wolfram|Alpha engine directly from within *Mathematica*. Inside a *Mathematica* notebook document, just type == at the beginning of a line; you’ll get an orange Spikey icon indicating that *Mathematica* is ready to perform a Wolfram|Alpha query. Now simply type anything that you would type into the Wolfram|Alpha website. You’ll get back the same results as on the website—and more! Using the full power of the *Mathematica* software, this interface to Wolfram|Alpha allows new levels of interactivity and detail.

In *Mathematica*, all graphics can be resized, and three-dimensional graphics can be rotated. Moreover, since *Mathematica* receives the underlying vector graphic from Wolfram|Alpha and not simply a bit-mapped image, this means that enlarging a graphic provides greater detail instead of a boxy image. For example, let’s look at everyone’s favorite three-dimensional surface, the *Mathematica* Spikey.

By simply clicking and dragging, you can rotate the Spikey. To resize, click the resize points on the frame that appear after clicking on the graphic. More »

Last week we shared with you a highlight from Stephen Wolfram‘s keynote at the International *Mathematica* User Conference 2009. The highlight included a look at what’s in the research and development pipeline for *Mathematica* and future directions of Wolfram|Alpha.

In this final video of our series, Stephen shares how the developments of Wolfram|Alpha will be integrated with *Mathematica*. (For more of Stephen’s keynote, please see parts 1 and 2 on the Wolfram Blog and part 3, “Future Directions for Wolfram|Alpha,” here on the Wolfram|Alpha Blog.)

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Are you interested in learning more about *Mathematica*—the powerful technology engine that makes Wolfram|Alpha possible, from its advanced computational algorithms to web deployment? We are pleased to announce that the International *Mathematica *User Conference 2009 will be held October 22–24 in Champaign, Illinois, USA. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about *Mathematica* to meet and hear from *Mathematica *users from around the globe and all walks of life.

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If you’d like to learn more about *Mathematica *and all it brings to Wolfram|Alpha, we’d love to see you at this year’s conference. Please visit the Wolfram Blog for more details.

Starting later today, we’ll be launching Wolfram|Alpha (you can see the proceedings on a live webcast).

This is a proud moment for us and for the whole *Mathematica* community. (We hope the launch goes well!)

Wolfram|Alpha defines a new direction in computing—that would have simply not have been possible without *Mathematica*, and that in time will add some remarkable new dimensions to *Mathematica* itself.

In terms of technology, Wolfram|Alpha is a uniquely complex software system, which has been entirely developed and deployed with *Mathematica* and *Mathematica* technologies.

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