Microsoft makes Windows 10 version of Solitaire a freemium game

Windows 10 is here, and if you're a fan of its Solitaire, you might need to shell out some cash depending on how much you enjoy the experience.

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Microsoft has released Windows 10 today, and with its release, we’re slowly learning about everything the new OS has to offer. While there are a number of great features included, we’re surprised to see a new version of Windows’ iconic Solitaire made its way to Windows 10. What’s more surprising is it appears Solitaire has been turned into a freemium game.

As you can see from the image above, Microsoft offers a premium for its Solitaire game. The premium, which can be purchased in 1-month and 1-year bundles, allows players to play Solitaire with no advertisements, gain more coins when completing Daily Challenges, and get a boost for each game of TriPeaks and Pyramid played.

Solitaire has been a staple of the Windows experience for as long as we can remember. Turning it into a freemium game seems like an underhanded way for Microsoft to make a quick buck on such a simple game. If you’re a fan of Solitaire, you might want to consider purchasing a pack of physical cards and play the game offline. At least you can do something else besides play Solitaire with your deck of cards, like perform magic tricks, build a house of cards, or play 52 card pickup.

[via Reddit]

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    July 29, 2015 8:21 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Microsoft makes Windows 10 version of Solitaire a freemium game

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      July 29, 2015 8:23 AM

      It has been since Windows 8.

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        July 29, 2015 8:27 AM

        yeah this is nothing new

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        July 29, 2015 8:34 AM

        Was it not just free in Win8? At least that was my understanding (I don't know for sure as I skipped Win8). Now with Win10 you get a version riddled with ads and you have to pay to get rid of them.

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          July 29, 2015 8:36 AM

          It still is free. Yes there were/are ads in the Windows 8 version as in just about all of the Microsoft games on the Windows Store and you can pay a few bucks to remove them.

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            July 30, 2015 12:35 AM

            A few dollars per year.
            This is Microsofts new business model, reduce the price of the OS, or give it away for free, then charge a little bit each year for everything.

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      July 29, 2015 8:31 AM

      It was always like this in Windows 8.

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      July 29, 2015 9:09 AM

      Meh. Who cares, it's just solitaire.

      I'll play it one time, then I'll go back to ARK

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        July 30, 2015 12:37 AM

        Neither does Perez but in his ignorance he thought he had found something special to write an article about.
        I do hope he does at least a little investigation into whatever he decides to write about next or he will keep dragging down the average quality of this website.

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      July 30, 2015 12:33 AM

      How does a writers ignorance turn into an article on this site?