Gaming is part of the culture of owning a computer. These games range from simple games that come preloaded with Windows and the more complex ones people buy.
Microsoft used to preload Windows with fun games back in the day. This included games that you could play over the Internet and a lot of people used it.
Well, it seems that is coming to an end as Microsoft is bidding farewell to Microsoft Internet Games on Windows XP, Windows ME and Windows 7.
The games that will not be supported include:
- Internet Backgammon (XP/ME,7)
- Internet Checkers (XP/ME,7)
- Internet Spades (XP/ME,7)
- Internet Hearts(XP/ME)
- Internet Reversi (XP/ME,7)
- MSN Go (7)
Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows ME and XP will end on July 31st 2019. The Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows 7 will end at a later date on January 22 2020.
Current players will enjoy using the games until the dates above and after that, the games listed will no longer be playable.
Microsoft has a reason why they are retiring these services. “We truly appreciate all the time and passion you’ve put into Microsoft Internet Games,” they said. ” However time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”
This ban will affect mostly Window 7 users who still form a huge part of the PC operating system pie. Windows 7 holds 38% of the market share and it will reach its end of service on January 14 2020 so it would be wise for these people to upgrade to Windows 10 and play the Internet Games currently available on the platform.