Microsoft Solitaire turns 30, still has 35 million monthly players

by Bryan Brammer · May 22nd, 2020 12:30 pm

Microsoft's iconic Solitaire card game, which debuted on Windows 3.0 in 1990, turned 30 years old on Friday.

The classic game is still played by 35 million people each month in more than 200 countries and 65 languages. More than 100 million hands are played daily around the world.

The game was originally designed to instruct users how to use the "drag-and-drop" feature in Windows. It received its first update in 2012, when it was removed from Windows 8 and pushed as a standalone app.

In 2019, Microsoft Solitaire was inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, joining classics like Doom and Tetris.

To celebrate the special occasion, Microsoft wants to set a new record for most games played in 24 hours.


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