We have all played Solitaire on our computers along with the other iconic games such as Hearts, FreeCell and Minesweeper, after all they have appeared on every Windows based operating system for the last 20 years.
You may have thought that the games were put there for your entertainment, well you would have been wrong!
The game was actually intended as a way of boosting computer literacy amongst a new generation of computer users.
These were people who weren’t familiar with a mouse and the whole idea of ‘drag and drop’ was completely foreign to them. This is when the game also known as Patience dating back to the 1700s came to their aid.
Minesweeper was introduced in 1992 on Windows 3.1 and again served to purpose of subtly teaching people the differences between right and left clicking.
At the same time, Hearts was also released with the intention of testing its updated software systems. Microsoft used it as a way of to analyse data processing and other complex techy stuff!
The games proved so popular that Microsoft were left with no alternative other than to keep them on all Windows releases.
In fact, there has been an outcry every time they have tried to remove the games. They were removed from Windows 10 in 2015 but they can still be downloaded from the Windows Store – much to the relief of many users.
H/T: Mental Floss