Microsoft releases Solitaire, Mahjong and Minesweeper for Windows Phone

In 2012, Microsoft released Windows 8 versions of Solitaire, Mahjong and Minesweeper. The three classic casual games got a Modern UI makeover, along with features like Xbox Live achievements and leaderboards. Today, all of those games now have free Windows Phone versions to download from the operating system's store.

Microsoft's blog post states that the new ports of these games not only mirror most of the features of their Windows 8 counterparts, but "... you can play, pause and resume these games across Windows Phones and Windows 8 PCs and tablets."  That should be a very welcome addition for owners of, for example, a Surface device and a Lumia 1020 smartphone.

By the way, another version of MineSweeper has been available for Windows Phone owners for a year, but this new release is an all new addition that's compatible with the Windows 8 port.

Speaking of casual games, Canadian Windows 8.1 and RT owners can download yet another new casual game from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Bingo and offers some new twists on the long running board game. For some reason, the game is not available to download in any other parts of the world, but we will post an update when it is released to a wider audience.

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Awesome, now Microsoft...

When you're done releasing crap, could you please fix my Lumia's Equalizer app? That would be great.

It is interesting to note how Microsoft seems to be focusing more and more on games and casual user interests/hardware devices to the exclusion of what (apparently) used to be its core competencies. If one doesn't keep one's fences in good repair, you end up loosing it all.

Windows 8.1 isn't really a bad OS and people just love to ignore it anyway, they will eventually upgrade it if microsoft think there is no point releasing a new OS in the next few years because people just don't adopt new stuff ASAP. It's almost a zero hiccups operating system.

No doubt about that. Technically, they had decided to removed one of the most use features since the 90s and people just felt completely baffle when it's gone. That's the biggest flaw of the OS but still people can just use stardock to get back the original functionality. Aside from Start Menu, the OS is really solid and superb performance.

Master of Earth said,
No doubt about that. Technically, they had decided to removed one of the most use features since the 90s and people just felt completely baffle when it's gone. That's the biggest flaw of the OS but still people can just use stardock to get back the original functionality. Aside from Start Menu, the OS is really solid and superb performance.

Depending on the person the Start Screen is or isn't a flaw, but I fully agree with your last sentence.

Kind of off topic but I was so angry when I saw the Windows 8 versions of these games now have built in ads! I see they also have ads in the WP8 versions. I couldn't believe it when I installed Solitare from the Windows Store and saw an ad. One of the main reasons I don't use things such as the *built-in* Weather app on Windows 8 is that it has an ad in it! This is an INCLUDED app and has ****ing ads?!?

korupt_one said,
wow google do this in every single product they have and no one complains, when Microsoft do its the end of the world.

I don't pay for Google's services. I *PAY* for Windows. The Weather app is a built in application in Windows 8 therefore I have paid for that application. Would you be happy if Paint had ads? How about Internet Explorer having a dedicated ad toolbar? That is exactly the same thing. If Windows were free then fair enough and I guess if you want to be difficult about things you can say that Microsoft no longer includes Solitaire, etc. with Windows and they are now separate apps which is why they are ad supported. I think it is a total dick move though and put me right off using any "Modern" apps as I just don't know if even the *free* Microsoft apps are actually *ad-ware* apps not free.

I agree with you. It's totally unacceptable. If Windows was free i wouldn't have any issue with ads. There is atleast a way to block ads in Windows apps though...

Mr. Hand said,
Paying for Windows does not include every game that runs on Windows in the license.

We are not talking about every game we are talking about one game. Solitaire. A game that has been included as part of Windows for over a decade. To me Microsoft removing the game and putting an adware version in the Windows Store is a crappy move. What if they decide that the Mail app should have built in ads too? Will people still be like "but it is *free*!!!!" ? I know I wouldn't. What if they decided to stick ads into other parts of Windows? Internet Explorer is free they might as well stick a little ad on the toolbar to help pay for it.

InTheSwiss said,
This is an INCLUDED app and has ****ing ads?!?

I agree, but perhaps like 8.1 they'll make all further OS updates free too? (Can always hope. )

InTheSwiss said,

I don't pay for Google's services. I *PAY* for Windows. The Weather app is a built in application in Windows 8 therefore I have paid for that application. Would you be happy if Paint had ads? How about Internet Explorer having a dedicated ad toolbar? That is exactly the same thing. If Windows were free then fair enough and I guess if you want to be difficult about things you can say that Microsoft no longer includes Solitaire, etc. with Windows and they are now separate apps which is why they are ad supported. I think it is a total dick move though and put me right off using any "Modern" apps as I just don't know if even the *free* Microsoft apps are actually *ad-ware* apps not free.

It's a bundled app, not a built in app.

HawkMan said,

It's a bundled app, not a built in app.

I'm not speaking for InTheSwiss here, but your statement is pure hair-splitting. These apps come pre-installed with the OS and there's no easy way to get rid of them besides delving into PowerShell and running arcane AppxPackage and AppxProvisionedPackage commands which only advanced users would know about or attempt. Bundled, built-in, whatever, if it's pre-installed with an OS we've paid for then I agree that there should be no ads. Let them do it with all their other apps in the store, or not bundle/include any Metro apps by default (fat chance). If I have to pay for removing ads in third-party Metro apps, then similarly I consider that fee paid to Microsoft for the included apps when I bought their OS.

Romero said,

I'm not speaking for InTheSwiss here, but your statement is pure hair-splitting. These apps come pre-installed with the OS and there's no easy way to get rid of them besides delving into PowerShell and running arcane AppxPackage and AppxProvisionedPackage commands which only advanced users would know about or attempt. Bundled, built-in, whatever, if it's pre-installed with an OS we've paid for then I agree that there should be no ads. Let them do it with all their other apps in the store, or not bundle/include any Metro apps by default (fat chance). If I have to pay for removing ads in third-party Metro apps, then similarly I consider that fee paid to Microsoft for the included apps when I bought their OS.

Is anything but hair splitting there's a major difference between bundled and built in

HawkMan said,

Is anything but hair splitting there's a major difference between bundled and built in

Why don't you elaborate on what it is you think makes built-in apps worthy of being ad-free and not bundled ones, despite both being pre-installed with the OS?

Romero said,

Why don't you elaborate on what it is you think makes built-in apps worthy of being ad-free and not bundled ones, despite both being pre-installed with the OS?

Actually, these apps are not pre installed with the OS. They are free to download. "Some"oems however chose to include them pre installed on their images along with their other bundled demos and adware. Not MS fault. But if you install Windows 8 yourself you'll need to download them from the store before you can use them.

Besides that, built in apps are part of the OS. Bundled apps are just that, bundled, they're not full apps given to you. They're bundled trials or adware apps.

HawkMan said,

Actually, these apps are not pre installed with the OS. They are free to download. "Some"oems however chose to include them pre installed on their images along with their other bundled demos and adware. Not MS fault. But if you install Windows 8 yourself you'll need to download them from the store before you can use them.

You're joking, right? Bing Weather which InTheSwiss mentioned, Bing Finance etc. are all pre-installed in Win8.x, and have ads. They even show ads for tobacco products, which is not such a great idea IMO for apps that kids might use.

http://betanews.com/wp-content...06/Windows-8-ad-600x310.png

"Not MS fault" - I like the company too, but not enough to go to such lengths to defend their anti-consumer policies.

These games are flawless! Really well made and really awesome that includes Xbox achievements!!!! Time to rack up some points. The graphics in the updated Minesweeper game are really nice.

Since I don't have a WP8 yet, can you tell me if the Solitaire daily challenges sync between the phone and Windows 8 versions? That would be pretty nice if it did.

Enron said,
Since I don't have a WP8 yet, can you tell me if the Solitaire daily challenges sync between the phone and Windows 8 versions? That would be pretty nice if it did.

Im not sure about the challenge but it syncs saved games and play history so I imagine it does count towards that.

Why bother comment if you have no actual feedback? These are official apps and it would be stupid if they didn't have them. They are really well done and compliment the Win8 versions awesome. Also, since you're clueless - check wpcentral or any wp news sites, and you'll see the whack load of new official apps that have joined the platform just in these past 2 weeks alone and each day lately. It's the fastest growing platform for a reason. These comments are getting really old now.

Really, clueless? I've worked in IT for over 20 years now. I've seen dozens of platforms come and claim that they are going to boom "any day now". Hell, I've even hitched myself to the underdogs a number of times only to be left disappointed. OS/2 was supposed to deliver us from DOS but Windows won in the end. The PowerPC was supposed to free us from CISC processors, but Intel won in the end. I've had Palm, iOS, Windows (Mobile *and* Phone) and Android phones. In particular, I drank the WP Kool-Aid believing that it was going to be huge - a seachange in the mobile space. I developed a few apps for WP even. But it rapidly became apparent that the industry at-large had already chosen their iOS or Android allegiances.

So, I feel I am at least a bit qualified to offer my *opinion* on this platform. While these games may be fantastic, my comment is based on years of seeing the same "death throws" behaviour.

Now, get off my lawn. :-)

j2006 said,
Why bother comment if you have no actual feedback?

Feedback ?

Dear MS:

I appreciate your effort. However, adding ads for an application that used to be for free is rude and, frankly, we don't need another card game, some of them, for free and without ads.

Regards

Litespeed said,
Really, clueless? I've worked in IT for over 20 years now. I've seen dozens of platforms come and claim that they are going to boom "any day now". Hell, I've even hitched myself to the underdogs a number of times only to be left disappointed.

It's the year of Linux!

Brony said,

Feedback ?

Dear MS:

I appreciate your effort. However, adding ads for an application that used to be for free is rude and, frankly, we don't need another card game, some of them, for free and without ads.

Regards

Do you play other card games? Maybe it just isnt your thing because this is a really well done game collection that was missing on WP8! I love how it syncs saves with the Windows 8 version via cloud.

not everyone has chosen their said mobile OS, Android does remain number 1 worldwide, but 2 nd place race is far from over, windows phone has overtaken ios on several fronts and getting close on others. Android being number 1 now does not guarantee them that position forever, things can change so fast in this area, look at the history a little bit.

Litespeed said,
Really, clueless? I've worked in IT for over 20 years now. I've seen dozens of platforms come and claim that they are going to boom "any day now". Hell, I've even hitched myself to the underdogs a number of times only to be left disappointed. OS/2 was supposed to deliver us from DOS but Windows won in the end. The PowerPC was supposed to free us from CISC processors, but Intel won in the end. I've had Palm, iOS, Windows (Mobile *and* Phone) and Android phones. In particular, I drank the WP Kool-Aid believing that it was going to be huge - a seachange in the mobile space. I developed a few apps for WP even. But it rapidly became apparent that the industry at-large had already chosen their iOS or Android allegiances.

So, I feel I am at least a bit qualified to offer my *opinion* on this platform. While these games may be fantastic, my comment is based on years of seeing the same "death throws" behaviour.

Now, get off my lawn. :-)

I honestly don't care what you do for a living, or what you claim on an Internet forum to know. I also don't care how many platforms you have seen come and go.

We're talking about a modern phone OS, which is one of the big 3, and is in the top 3. And you bring up bull**** like OS/2 and PowerPC, before tech gurus had even thought of the concept of a mobile telephone.

I've worked in IT for 15 years, I really hope my next 5 will given me the experience necessary to use my opinion as fact, because right now, IO honestly have no idea. But I can see what the market is doing, and it's doing the complete opposite to what Palm was doing. It's growing.

As above, I also don't give a **** what sort of phone operating systems you've had. Because it doesn't matter. You're comparing them, therfore you are pushing your opinion, not facts. You can't say something is fact, just because you big note yourself. And before you say it's not big noting yourself, it is.

The industry chooses new devices for their staff every few years. Hell, you should know, your company, which gives you all that experience with mobile platforms has sure shopped around, since you've had all of them. Which is the same in my experience. When it comes for renewal, the options are put forward. The best gets the contract. Simple. Maybe your employer will give you a shiney new Lumia, and you'll be forced to use the OS, and realise that most of the hate towards it stems from comments from people like you. Who bag it out, adding your years experience in IT, so people instantly think, "wow, this guy knows his ****!.... HE'S AN IT PRO!".

Just like those people saying it's "going to boom any day now", which I haven't actually ever read, but that must be one some exclusive IT guru website that us mere motels don't have access to. I have certainly said that Windows Phone will be a big player in the top 3, but it's going to take time. Fortunately, Microsoft has plenty of time to get it right.

If you think Microsoft is going to completely change their entire company strategy, because you, a 20 year experiences IT guy thinks WP8 is not worthy, well best you never take over any control of the business' you work for. Because that's not how it's going to work.

I mean, the biggest pet hate for WP seems to be the lack of apps. You reckon there will be a lack of apps when the Windows and Window Phone apps stores are combined? Not bloody likely.

You're more than qualified to put your opinion forward. What you're not qualified to do, is pass it off as fact, and then attempt to disregard any argument put forward that is pro someone else's choice.

As for your original comment. I actually quite like Microsoft Solitaire, so this news has made me pretty happy.

So pull your head in. Realise that everyone has an opinion, and flashing around your BS IT endorsement doesn't mean you're some super knowledge human being. Hell, you could be a pimple faced 15 year old with a small tackle for all I know.

Nashy said,

A lot

I'm MCSE (Minesweeper Champion Solitaire Expert) certified and I think my 20 years of experience with this gives me the authority to say that I agree with your lengthy statement.