What's the Difference Between Mathematica and Wolfram Desktop?
Recently, several members of the community have asked us about the similarities and differences between Wolfram Desktop and the desktop version of Mathematica. Mathematica is a stand-alone product. Wolfram Desktop is actually a platform or interface to Wolfram Cloud products, such as Wolfram Programming Cloud.
Mathematica is a Product
- Mathematica can be licensed annually, or purchased outright.
- Mathematica requires an activation key.
Wolfram Desktop is a Platform
- Wolfram Desktop cannot be purchased directly, because it is a feature of the Wolfram Programming Cloud.
- Wolfram Desktop requires a premium Wolfram Programming Cloud subscription.
- Right now, Wolfram Desktop only works with cloud files and always requires a login and an internet connection.
When deciding which Wolfram product is best for you, youll want to make a product-to-product comparison, not a product-to-feature comparison. That means, for example, weighing the pros and cons of owning the desktop version of Mathematica versus subscribing to a product like Wolfram Programming Cloud.
Right now Wolfram Desktop is only available with Wolfram Programming Cloud. However, as additional Wolfram Cloud products are released, Wolfram Desktop will evolve. In the future, look for it as an option with Wolfram Discovery Platform, Wolfram Data Science Platform, and more.
If you have other questions, ask away! Or, if you'd prefer to talk to someone one-on-one, you can contact sales through this form. More information is available on the Wolfram Desktop option at this page.
Clayton Voyles - Wolfram Research Inc - Lead Business Analyst