Microsoft Solitaire has turned thirty years old and it still maintains more than thirty-five million monthly players to this very day…
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three decades since Microsoft introduced Windows Solitaire (its first namesake), to the world. Instead of fading into history as a distant digital memory, the game is still going strong. So strong, it still boasts over 35 million monthly players, with more than 100 million hands played around the globe every day.
Microsoft Solitaire 30 Year Anniversary Celebrated with Over 35 Million Monthly Players
Microsoft Solitaire was originally programmed by Wes Cherry, with Susan Kare designing the first deck. Cherry initially programmed the game to mimic a spreadsheet, known as “boss mode,” to fool managers and co-workers. However, Microsoft ordered the fake spreadsheet be removed before its release to the public.
Microsoft Solitaire remained part of Windows until 2012, which means it shipped to billions of people. A standalone app was released in 2015 as part of Windows 10. Now, there are several ways to play the game on Windows, iOS, Android, and the web.
Paul Jensen, Studio Head, Microsoft Casual Games, writes:
“With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as it is known today, hosts over 35 million players each month, from more than 200+ countries and territories, in 65 different languages. And after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire is still one of the most played games on the planet every day, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe.”