Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system annexed a lot of the software’s most iconic apps and features.
Not only did the veneered Start menu briefly disappear, so did the classic Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts games, some of which had been a fixture since Windows 3.0.
We all know the Start Menu is making a triumphant, better-than-ever return in Windows 10, but now Microsoft has announced it is bringing Solitaire along for the ride too. A reimagining of the classic, time-wasting, single player card game will feature by default within Windows 10.
It had remained available during the dark Windows 8 years, but gamers needed to install it, Hearts and Minesweeper from the Windows Store in order to play.
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Steve Troughon-Smith of The Verge spotted Solitaire within a new version preview version of Windows 10.
“In celebration of Microsoft Solitaire’s 25th anniversary on Windows, we are proud to show you a preview of our latest version of Solitaire on Windows 10," the title page reads.
“Please feel free to explore the game and get a sample of what’s coming soon in the full release build.”
So much for improved productivity on Windows 10 then…