May be a sign of the previous $50 dollar price point not working out so well.
Microsoft are continuing to incorporate interesting features into the search engine.
So what are we doing? Well, we‘ll be providing access to Wolfram|Alpha’s advanced algorithms and expertly curated data within the Bing experience. This new and exciting work is completely aligned with our broader goal of enabling faster, more informed decisions. Specifically, we will bring nutritional information and tools into Bing’s search results, as well as some straight up hard math and homework help.
The reality is that you can probably count the number of iPhone apps over $10 that sell really well on your hands.
Exactly, and it’s a shame.
I’m a supporter of higher-priced iPhone apps because an App Store with prices higher than $0.99 is more beneficial to developers than the status quo. Doubtful that this app will sell well, though.
Ridiculous to charge for API use if you want developers to bite. The article sums things up pretty well:
All of this is a shame, because the API appears like it could be useful. But Wolfram is over-promising what Alpha can deliver and setting a financial bar too high for general use.