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Microsoft Solitaire is returning, will roll out to Windows 10 Build 10061

Microsoft Solitaire is returning, will roll out to Windows 10 Build 10061

by AshwinApril 25, 2015

Microsoft is bringing back one of the most popular PC games back to Windows, Solitaire.


Yes, the simple yet addictive card game is returning to the latest iteration of the Redmond Company’s Operating System.

Back when it launched Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable by removing Solitaire and two other fan-favourites: Minesweeper and Hearts. The company acknowledged the games’ popularity, and even wrote so at its website: “We know that games like Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts have a devoted following.”

The games however did not disappear altogether. Windows 8.1 users can download the modern versions of Microsoft Solitaire Collection and the other two games from the Windows Store.

However not all users use the Store or are tech-savvy, even if it doesn’t require tech skills to navigate and install an app. You can’t blame them for not trying it, Windows 8 was truly horrid.

And now Microsoft has decided to bring Solitaire back in Windows 10, The Verge reveals. The bad news is Minesweeper and Hearts are not getting the same love, and will still remain on the Windows Store, from where you will have to download and install them.

The game is called “Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview Build”, an image tweeted by a user reveals. You can find the image featured in this article. The image says that the company is celebrating the Microsoft Solitaire’ 25th anniversary by releasing the preview build of the game.

(In case you were wondering, Microsoft originally launched Solitaire in 1990 for Windows 3.0.)

Windows Central posted the following screenshots which show the Solitaire Collection Preview:

The new game appears to be same as the one linked above (Microsoft Solitaire Collection). It also features Daily Challenges, Star Club, a Calendar, Xbox Achievements, Leaderboards, Themes and more.

Solitaire will return to its beloved home, in the Start Menu soon, as a preview build of the game will be rolled out to users who are running the latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview, i.e Windows 10 Build 10061.

Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 10061 to the Fast Ring, of the Windows Insider Program, two days ago.

Note: The screenshots of the preview builds of the game suggest that it may not have a crucial features: saving your games. However, it says that game saving will be added along with more features in the final build of Windows 10, which will have the game pre-installed.

Windows 10 hasn’t even hit RTM yet, but Microsoft will reportedly release the final version of the Operating System in July, according to AMD’s CEO Lisa Su.

The return of the Start Menu is probably Windows 10’s highlight, but Solitaire’s return is literally The Return of the King.