An absurd number of people still play Microsoft Solitaire every month

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 11:10 in Mathematics & Economics

That mouse packaging takes us back. (Microsoft/)If you had a Windows computer before you had the internet, you probably played plenty of Solitaire. Starting in 1990 with Windows 3.0, Microsoft bundled the delightfully frustrating card game into its operating system. Sure, it was fun, but it also served to help introduce people to the concept of dragging and dropping items by clicking on them with a mouse. Now, the program is celebrating its 30th anniversary.I started playing the game before I even understood the rules. Playing it on a school computer was better than the doing the assigned task. It was the forbidden fun.The game isn’t a fundamental part of Windows anymore—most people have a pretty solid grasp on dragging and dropping here in 2020. Still, however, tons of people get a regular fix of those bouncing cards. According to the anniversary blog post on the Microsoft site, the Microsoft...

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