Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system has finally landed but tech fans are outraged that classic game Solitaire is no longer free.
Free Windows games Solitaire and Minesweeper were once the refuge of the bored office worker, but they are no longer available free of charge.
Now known as Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition, the addictive card-based game is now built into the operating system but is packed with advertising.
Users who want to play the rudimentary game with no ad-based obstructions will have to shell out a subscription of $10 a year or $1.50 a month (there’s no word on UK prices yet).
Puzzle game Minesweeper requires a separate download and also needs a subscription in order to play without ads.
Solitaire, which was first added to Windows in 1990 as a free game, first went ‘freemium’ on Windows 8 where users also had to pay to remove ads.
When it was announced that it would once again be built into the operating system, with no need for a separate download, fans assumed that it would once again for free. Sadly, it appears that is not the case.
Microsoft fans turned to social media to express their outrage, amusement and disbelief at the move…
With the upgrade to Windows 10 itself being offered for free, it seems that Microsoft is having to seek additional revenue elsewhere.
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