The new Windows 10 calculator tells you your weight in elephants (and more)

Ever wondered what 210 pounds was in elephants? What about calories in units of bananas or length measured in jumbo jets?

Now you can know these things because Microsoft has programmed them into the Windows 10 calculator, a new universal Windows app that also appears on Windows Phone.

Calculator in Windows 10

The idea that Microsoft is making its standard utility apps as universal Windows apps is not new. Windows 10 has already given us the new alarms and sound recorder apps for instance. However, this is the first time we have seen Microsoft get a little cheeky and creative with something as banal as a calculator.

The functions work for various conversions like length, weight, and energy. Typing in a number lets you convert that figure into another unit of measurement e.g. Food calories to Kilojoules. The fun stuff happens below that where an 'About equals to' section gives additional conversions like BTU, Cal, and the last one, bananas.

Calculator in Windows 10

Although it is silly, it is not without use. Units of measurement in and of themselves do not necessarily convey real world understanding. Tossing in an elephant, jumbo jet or banana is a great way to put things in perspective, which makes it a useful tool in addition to being entertaining.

We hope Microsoft puts more clever things like this throughout the OS. Much like using Windows Phone, it makes using the operating system, dare we say, delightful?

For those asking about my NInja Cat wallpaper, you can find them here and give thanks to @MichaelGillett for making and hosting them!

Thanks, Brett Howse, for the heads-up

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • That's news
  • Share that wallpaper @Daniel
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  • Just set it as my lock screen on my 1520... Love it!!!
  • I was just going to say the same thing!
  • Yes Please!
    for everyone looking for this wallpaper ;)
  • That's "bananas for scale" as 9gagers would say
  • I'm sure the current windows 8.1 pc app already does this, no?
  • Yes, I believe it does. Probably people just didn't notice it since some were too busy hating on windows 8.1
  • Agreed
  • may be the point here it is going to be universal app
  • Actually, although I liked 8.1, I kind of hate Windows 10, because they now replace everything with Metro apps. The calculator is one of the worst things to replace with a Metro app, because you can't start multiple calculators anymore, something you could do since 1985 with the launch of Windows 1.0 (one dot zero), 30 years ago. So Windows 10 takes us 30 years back in terms of functionality. Because reasons.
  • Woow!! And where's win 10 for phones????
  • Around the corner I presume
  • Been on phone preview since Feb..... Old news Daniel
  • I wanna know in squirrels
  • And in Scooby Doo!
  • Me too
  • and in Mississippis.
  • I wanna know in pokemons(ikr, weird) like energy in pika-chuuuuus !! :D
  • One squirrel is ~145 calories (roasted).  So a banana is roughly 0.72 squirrels.
  • windows mobile 10 :(
  • Yeah, what about it?
  • He means, incorrect name.
  • Nice wallpaper
  • The real question here is where did you get that wallpaper and how can I get my hands on it!?
  • Beat me to it. Looks awesome
  • Certainly
  • Daniel.... We need to have a talk about your background picture
  • He needs to post that online right now.
  • Omg. Dat wallpaper doe
  • assemble one from this image and     
  • Hamburger menu ... :/
  • Calculator in windows phone don't have menu' can't complain about it
  • How about length in bananas and Horges?
  • Been 9gagging too much? :P
  • Average weight of a seppo? About equal to an elephant
  • More importantly... Where'd you get that background???
  • I noticed this before on the phone preview and laughed so hard (out of pleasure, of course).
  • Cool.
  • Killer design
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  • Trying :D
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  • Cheers
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  • Ahh, dat wallpaper ...
  • I see everyone wants that wallpaper LOL :)
  • Hmmm banana as a measurement, 9gag has come far
  • Unfortunately, it measures calories, not lenght
  • Live me my 9gag
  • I ran into it on imgur, but Horge (yes,a Mexican dude) as scale for a stuffed buffalo really cracked me up :D
  • That's pretty cool lol
  • Looks like MS is serious about hamburger menus
  • If this is the level of polishness to come - aesthetics wise - through the OS and Windows Apps... I'm happy. I couldn't care less about all the "hamburger discussion"!
  • We see that informative humor already in the health app. When your sync the Band, it will tell you how much you have walked and how much that is compared to something in real life. E.g., it may say, today you walked as much as the fifth largest crater on the moon!
  • Funny and cool
  • MS definitely has a sense of humor.
  • The Windows 8.1 calculator app has had this too, though it wasn't as easy to find. The UI of the new calculator app is so much better than the previous calculator apps they've had, other new apps are nice but this is the only one (so far) that actually looks significantly better. I love this new light-grey background as it looks very metro-ish, and THIS is how the hamburger menus should be used, for non-essential navigation. Not for normal menus/navigation, settings, or anything contextual. I wasn't too impressed with the new design, but if this is what the final versions are going to look like, then I am happy.
  • Ooh, can I get that wallpaper in 1368x766 and 4.5 in screen?
  • lol get 4k one
  • Wow, as others have asked, where can we get this wallpaper?
  • Friends here is that image of the Microsoft Ninja Cat in 7200*5400:
    Hope you like it :)
  • Close. It's missing the Office and Bing logos.
  • Does anyone have an approximate number of users W10 could possibly have when it's released❓
    Or the potential numbers of users that W10 could possibly have if every device were to be upgraded.... Including phone, PC, tablet, & Xbox....❓❓
    And, how would this compare to Android & iOS❓
  • Volume in unicorns, or it's useless!!
  • Great idea.
  • Maybe also in ninja cats?
  • The measurement would be inaccurate. Average elephant weight or an Asian elephant or an African, a male or a female or a baby and so on... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Come on, dude... Lol.
  • WHAT is the average ground speed of a SWALLOW!!!... Well that depends, African or European?... Wha? I DON'T KNOW THAT! Ahhhhh!!!!!
  • Whisky, hielo, soda
  • I love the Windows 10 design. It's Modern 2.0, and it looks great. Can't wait to have it on my laptop.
  • Nice thing to have fun with......
  • Android users get what'sapp video calling, we windows phone users get a calculator that gives answers in elephant *yay*
  • Go Android dude!
  • You are right, I probably should. I mean what im I going to miss on WP?
  • Exactly! So, go in peace!
  • Bye
  • This is the windows PC OS, so comparing it to android is a moot point... If your considering Chrome OS, then I'll see you back next week.
  • I like it
  • This isn't really news, the converter in the Windows 8.1 Calculator Modern app has the exact same features, plus pivot-based navigation.
    What's nice in Windows 10 is that more users will discover these features since the desktop calculator is no more.
  • Honestly I'm not sure about the new dial design (that is the same for this calculator app and the win10 phone dial). I think MS should bring back some spacing between the numbers.
  • Please link wallpaper.
  • This is a good idea for calculator, at least i don't need to install other apps for conversion.
  • Nice idea
  • F---ing funny
  • It's all great!! If only the hamburger was removed.
  • Hahaha :D
  • This has been a feature since Windows 8.... not really that new.
  • Your code is showing!
  • I hope they bring back the templates from win32 calc. Date/Time addition/subtraction, mortgage calculator, etc...
  • How bout a financial calculator?
  • I like some tiny fun things like this :)
  • @Daniel Rubino please share your wallpaper. Thanks
  • The Windows 8 calculator already do that. 
  • A practical example is definitely a lot more useful than number conversions sometimes. I hope there are different examples for different orders of magnitude, too. Converting one pound into elephants isn't exactly useful, nor is seeing how many elephants the sun weighs.
  • Daniel plz post that pic on your twitter.. I'm in love with d pic.
  • Sounds like of silly
  • Windows phone 10 is already doing it
  •    Sounds like fun. I can't wait to see what other interesting things they come up with in Windows 10. And thanks for the Ninja Cat backgrounds.