Windows 8 and 10's Boring Old Solitaire Has Reached a Huge Number of Players

The Windows Solitaire game has reached 100 million unique users.

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Solitaire has been a Microsoft mainstay since Windows 3.0, and now its newest version, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, has hit more than 100 million unique users. This comes about a year after Microsoft celebrated Solitaire's 25th anniversary.

Microsoft released some facts about Windows Solitaire on the official Xbox website, where we learn that an average of 55 million games of Microsoft Solitaire Collection are played every day. On top of that, through the game's Xbox Live Achievements, players have earned more than 1.3 billion Gamerscore. Microsoft also claims that Solitaire in general is "one of the most played games of all time on any Windows OS."

As part of the celebration, Microsoft announced that its Solitaire Collection is coming to iOS and Android devices this fall. It'll launch with Xbox Live integration and cross-platform play, so you can carry your stats and do daily challenges on whatever device you like.

Windows 10 users get something this fall, too. A new game mode called Events is on its way, and Microsoft says you can win "tons of awards" and see how "you stack up against your friends and the community," while building "your Solitaire legacy." It's not clear what this mode will entail exactly, and the teaser video that Microsoft released doesn't help us parse it at all. You can watch it below.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection isn't the Solitaire you remember from past incarnations of Windows. It launched with Windows 8 and 10 and includes five different types of the classic card game--Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, and Tripeaks. You can download it here.

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zunairmalik

I really enjoy this version of solitaire because of the added daily challenges. I like the options and the various graphics that are available. The ads are just slightly obnoxious which is very tolerable in a high quality free game. Thank you Mat Paget

i also love to play solitaire daily challenge.

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fbplayer1064

Spider Solitaire master race

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ps3gamer1234

I get the old Windows 7 and Vista games on my pc through a exe file I got off youtube. Now I can play the classics for free and no mouthly bill.

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RabbiSchmuley

MS has been snuffing the metrics on GS users wanking in front of the kinect in favor of news like this?

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DarthRevenX

Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts & Freecell are the best games MS ever made LMAO

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MindTricked

I'm not exactly pleased with Microsoft after the Anniversary Patch. I used to have the Windows 7 game versions up and running, but the Anniversary Patch killed their functionality. Now, if I want to play Solitaire (because I do it more often than I'd like), I'll either have to deal with ads or go purchase a pack of cards and play it like my father before me. Curse me and my first world problems.

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XDeathClawX

@MindTricked: How did this work?

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MindTricked

@xdeathclawx: Can you be more specific?

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XDeathClawX

@MindTricked: I used to have the Windows 7 game versions up and running, but the Anniversary Patch killed their functionality.

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MindTricked

@xdeathclawx: Ah, got ya. The program or whatever I'm using was updated to work with the patch, so I downloaded the new exe and it works fine again. Bing "windows 7 games on windows 10" (quotes unnecessary) and it's like the first or second result.

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Jinzo_111887

@MindTricked: Or look into alternative versions. Here:

http://alternativeto.net/software/solitaire/?license=free&platform=windows

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DarthRevenX

@MindTricked: a pack of cards is cheap though, $2 if that and endless entertainment, meaning you can lay many many games using that one deck.....don't scoff analog gaming.....is that the right term?? eh, don't knock tried and true games like old fashioned cards.....

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MindTricked

@darthrevenx: I'm long-overdue for a pack of cards. I misplaced the last deck(s) I had back in '08 or so, and haven't replaced them.

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zinten

@MindTricked: why not play with one of the many free solitaire game available instead?

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MindTricked

@zinten: Oh, what I had *was* free. I just hate that it stopped working - had all my old settings and high scores and whatnot.

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Spitznock

Hey whatever man, solitaire is awesome.

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Lorikat

Solitaire is never boring!

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PETERAKO

Boring? BORING!? How dare you talk like that for solitaire! Culah dooty, crysis nor titanfall even come close the heart pumping action and intencity of solitaire!

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DarthRevenX

@PETERAKO: you forgot intensity.....Lolz, IDK WTF Intencity is.....LMAO

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yogibbear

I play it with a pack of cards :/ Does MS track that too?

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DarthRevenX

@yogibbear: yes, via the Kinect camera.....

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Carpetfluff

Boring? You wish as many people read your articles as play that 'boring old' solitaire.

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method115

This isn't surprising at all. This is just new cause now MS can track this sort of stuff. I always catch users playing solitaire when I go to fix their PC.

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SecretPolice

Mater Race putting those top tier GPU's to good use. lol :P

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Domiddian

Lemme guess; they're all office workers?

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Arsyad00

this is why we bought our PC in the first place!!!!!!

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ChunkyDrawers

Solitaire mmo when?

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Red_hot_smasher

Hang on, Microsoft Solitaire has fucking achievements now and will have actual competitions with actual prizes?! Wait, am I reading GameSpot or The Onion LMFAO

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Kyelo

I play, a non Windows version, of solitaire on my phone all the time...good time passer so no surprises about the Windows one being played so much.

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Solitair, Minesweeper and stuff are the only games I can play at work. I guess thats the main reason for this huge player numbers.

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wtf_666

This will be the next BIG thing for VR!!! Want to play ancient games with a facemask on? If so, pick up a VR system today.

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AlvinFox

You mean the Solitaire game that no longer comes standard in Windows? The Solitaire game I need an internet connection to play?

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Keaze_

@AlvinFox: Lol really? Oh boy boy.... Microsoft.

And they wonder why we won't buy their shit.

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Hurvl

Well, it's free, has no bugs, no microtransactions and lots of replay value, so it has got lots of things going for it.

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PETERAKO

@Hurvl: You forgot about the best, most accurate card models around.

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Dark_sageX

I play solitaire on my phone all the time lol.

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Kim_Jong-un

I play Solitaire all time and never lose - Kim

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thegamingnerdz

@kim_jong-un: ahhhhh glorious leader

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EdwardNygma

@kim_jong-un: Glad you are back. :)

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Moonco

@edwardnygma: Kim has always been with us lurking in the shadows hehe

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