Microsoft's kerchief is 30 years old

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About 35 million users lay out solitaire monthly.

The game "Solitaire" (Microsoft Solitaire) today marks the 30th anniversary. One of the truly iconic games is still popular among users. According to Microsoft, about 35 million players play solitaire every month. More than 100 million games are played around the world every day.

"Scarf" became part of Windows 3.0 back in 1990. Its main purpose was to teach users how to use a mouse. Players need to drag virtual cards – an analogue of the drag-and-drop function in Windows, which we still use to perform various tasks.

The game was developed by Wes Cherry, who was then an intern at Microsoft. Susan Care helped with the interface. Interestingly, Cherry originally designed the “boss mode” – the game had to look like tables so that you could play quietly in the office and not be afraid that the boss would discover your trick. However, Microsoft forced to remove this mode from the game before its release. By the way, if the “boss mode” remained, perhaps it would help to avoid the dismissal of at least one person. In 2006, the mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg fired one of the employees for the fact that he played in the "scarf" at work.

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Today, “Kosyna” is included in the Microsoft Solitaire Collection game package. The game is not only available for Windowsbut also for mobile platforms iOS and Android, and online.

Sources: The verge, New york times
Photo: World Video Game Hall of Fame / The Strong Museum

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