Solitaire Games on Windows

Nowaday, solitaire games are very popular on the world, but more than 20 years agos, Solitaire was only a puzzle games of some families in the West with a traditional 52 card deck. Since it has integrated into the Windows, Solitaire became famous and popular as it is now.

History of Solitaire Games on Windows

Microsoft has included the game as part its Windows product line since Windows 3.0, starting from 1990. The game was developed in 1989 by then intern Wes Cherry. The card deck itself was designed by Macintosh pioneer Susan Kare.

Microsoft intended Solitaire “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system,” and at a time where many users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces, it proved useful in familiarizing them with the use of a mouse, such as the drag-and-drop technique required for moving cards.

Lost business productivity by employees playing Solitaire has become a common concern since it became standard on Microsoft Windows. In 2006, a New York City worker was fired after Mayor Michael Bloomberg saw the Solitaire game on the man’s office computer.

In October 2012, along with the release of the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft released a new version of Solitaire called Microsoft Solitaire Collection. This version, designed by Microsoft Studios and developed by Arkadium, is advertisement supported, and introduced many new features to the game. Freecell is favourite solitaire game.

Microsoft Solitaire celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 18, 2015. To celebrate this event, Microsoft hosted a Solitaire tournament on the Microsoft campus and broadcast the main event on Twitch. Jimmy Fallon discussed this event on The Tonight Show and created a parody video joking about how Microsoft was trying to make Solitaire sound cooler than it really is.

As of July 2015 Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes pre-installed on Windows 10.


Since Windows 3.0, Solitaire allows selecting the design on the back of the cards, choosing whether one or three cards are drawn from the deck at a time, switching between Vegas scoring and Standard scoring, and disabling scoring entirely. The game can also be timed for additional points if the game is won. There is a cheat that will allow drawing one card at a time when ‘draw three’ is set.

In Windows 2000 and later versions of Solitaire, right-clicking on open spaces automatically moves available cards to the four foundations in the upper right-hand corner, as in Freecell. If the mouse pointer is on a card, a right click will move only that card to its foundation, provided that it is a possible move. Left double-clicking will also move the card to the proper foundation.

Until the Windows XP version, the card backs were the original works designed by Susan Kare, and many were animated.

The Windows Vista and Windows 7 versions of the game save statistics on the number and percentage of games won, and allow users to save incomplete games and to choose cards with different face styles.

On Windows 8 and Windows 10, along with Windows Phone, the game was issued as Microsoft Solitaire Collection, where in addition to Klondike other four game modes were featured, Spider, FreeCell (both of whom had been previously featured in versions of Windows as Microsoft Spider Solitaire and Microsoft FreeCell), Pyramid, and Tri Peaks.

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