The famous Windows Solitaire game is 30 years old today, and it still seems to be very popular.
According to Microsoft, 35 million people play each month, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the world.
On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary, Microsoft is inviting all players to join its event today to break a record, with the goal of achieving the highest number of Solitaire games completed in one day.
Microsoft encourages all players to join this mission by downloading the game for free on Windows, iOS, Android, or playing directly on the web. On the event page on Facebook, you can find more information.
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The Story of Windows Solitaire
The Solitaire game was included as part of Windows 3.0 in 1990, and was intended to teach users how to use the mouse. Grabbing virtual cards and dropping them into place was a useful exercise for practicing the drag-and-drop fundamentals in Windows, which we still use today.
Microsoft Solitaire, originally known as Windows Solitaire, is one of the most played games in the world, as it was present in all versions of Windows for more than two decades. This means that it has reached over a billion PCs, and only ceased to be a part of Windows with the release of Windows 8 in 2012.
Wes Cherry initially programmed the game, and Susan Kare designed the original deck of cards. Cherry initially programmed a “boss mode” that would pop up a bogus spreadsheet to fool bosses and coworkers, but Microsoft had Cherry remove boss mode from the game before its release.
Solitaire continues to be actively played around the world by millions of people today, thanks to its simplicity. Microsoft has translated the game into 65 languages, and it is played in more than 200 markets.
Microsoft Solitaire received its first major update in 2012, coinciding with its removal from Windows 8 to be a standalone application. The new app includes five new game modes, daily challenges, competitive events, integration with Xbox Live, and even the ability to choose a difficulty. Facebook