Microsoft revealed the true purpose of such computer games as Minesweeper (Minesweeper), Hearts (Hearts) and solitaire solitaire (Solitaire) and Freecell (FreeCell). It is reported by Mental Floss.
All of these games were included in the installation package of earlier versions of the Windows operating system in order to help users, perhaps unknowingly, were trained in the new skills at that time the functions of a PC and learned about the capabilities of the OS.
The oldest of the four games, the solitaire appeared in Windows 3.0 in 1990. With its help, the users, most of which were then more usual to perform operations via the command line, could master the skills of handling a computer mouse, in particular to the moving icons.
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A similar educational function was inherent in the Minesweeper game introduced in Windows 3.1 in 1992. In the game users faster OS were trained in the use of the left and right mouse buttons. Introduced in the same version of Windows and allowed the game "Worms", in turn, demonstrated technology capabilities of the network connection NetDDE developed by Microsoft.
Solitaire "Free cell" also first appeared in Windows 3.1 in 1992. The game showed the capabilities added to the operating system interface Win32s, which allowed 16-bit Windows 3.1 to handle the data types of size 32 bits. If Win32s has been installed on the computer with the error-Free cell does not run, thereby acting as a indicator of correct installation.
Microsoft attempts to do without these four games in their subsequent operating systems have often seen the outrage testers of the company. The first OS, the company was not a "Minesweeper" or "solitaire" became Windows 8, released in 2012. Microsoft brought back "Solitaire" in Windows 10, which went on sale in 2015. Minesweeper, Hearts and Freecell can be dokupleno by the user in the Windows Store. published
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