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Microsoft wants you to pay for Solitaire, again, in Windows 10

PCWorld writes: Netflix charges you $7.99 per month for thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. Spotify, Slacker, Rdio and others charge about $10 per month for unlimited music. And Microsoft? They want you to pay $1.50 per month to remove ads from Solitaire.

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Rimeskeem2375d ago

1.50$ a month is not a lot but that is still ridiculous

Crimzon2375d ago

The problem is that whenever people use the argument of "It's only $1.50" or any other amount, be it $5 or $10, they fail to take into account that all of this adds up and if you coughed up the cash for everything that was charging a small amount that supposedly isn't a big deal, you'd be wasting hundreds every single month on utter garbage.

I know you said that it's ridiculous anyways and I agree, I just think that the general mindset of "It's only costing this much..." is dangerous in general when used to justify paying for things that you shouldn't be paying for in the first place.

mushroomwig2375d ago

I used to work in a call centre that had targets and our managers would always get us to use that trick, "well it's only X a month, which is what? Not even the price of a cup of coffee a day".

I just cancelled my Netflix because I'm trying to cut costs. £6.99 a month really doesn't sound like anything but with all the other monthly bills, yeah it really does add up.

SilentNegotiator2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

It would add up to $72 in just 4 years! Why should anyone pay almost the cost of an OS for JUST SOLITAIRE over about the lifetime of an OS?!

subtenko2374d ago

Gotta fill that gap in exclusives somehow! :D

thereapersson2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

Why is this even a thing? WHY? This is stupid on ALL levels! Why are there advertisements in the first place?

opoikl2374d ago

Has there been any talk yet about DLC or season passes?

Duoma2374d ago

yep thats that good ole fasshioned nickle and diming
its nothing new. phone companies have been doing it, grocery stores have, your internet provider and pretty much anything else you can think of. cut costs somewhere but jack up the price elsewhere even if its a miniscule amount and then use the jedi mind trick on consumers that its less than a cup of coffee per day or "production costs went up"

RedDevils2374d ago

Download Solitair from Chrome store for free with offline mode. Problem solve

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slasaru012374d ago

You can play for free. It's to remove ads

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Hoffmann2375d ago

It was free for 20 years, now they want extra money...jackasses.

pivotplease2375d ago

You might as well make your own Solitaire program. It's the same simple code they've used since the beginning I'm sure. There's probably just some bs aesthetic differences.

The only reason it's free dude is because 8 was god awful and they basically alienated the average user by catering exclusively to touch screens and tablets. It should be free considering they made everyone pay for a downgrade.

Seafort2374d ago


They gave Windows 10 for free to gain market share not to be generous to it's users.

That's all that matters to Microsoft.

Windows 8 was a pretty big failure for MS so they had to do something to get the market share back from their older OSes.

Windows 10 is a great OS but don't think MS are doing any one but themselves any favours.

Bzone242374d ago


Well if they were only doing themselves a favor, they must have inadvertently did me a favor because now I don't have to pay to update my OS now. Just love how you guys always try and make things look bad, even free things. I don't care why they did it. I care that it's saving me money.

SuperStatePro2374d ago

Seafort - And? Does the reason really matter? YOU are still getting a free OS.

DLConspiracy2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

This article and the people who are upset about this must play A LOT of solitaire.I can't tell you the last time I even opened solitaire.

I wouldn't feel threatened to pay for solitaire ever. I know tons of people who pay for hulu that includes commercials. Things cost money to make this OS and if some moron is willing to pay for solitaire. So be it. Just something else for people to complain about online to know we exist I guess.

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XanderZane2375d ago

My question is, why does it need to be monthly? It should just be a one time fee and that's that. I would never pay any fee to remove ads from a game. I just think it's dumb to have to do that. I'd rather just buy the game without the ads.

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jannytime2375d ago

Lol what? I love Microsoft, I always have. They're a great company that I hope to work for one day but what the actual fuck MS lol cut that out.

Rachel_Alucard2374d ago

"Microsoft and great company in the same sentence"

SilentNegotiator2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

$1.50 per *MONTH*?? I would be hesitant to waste a one-time payment of $1.50 on solitaire.

I'd rather just buy one of those "150 Games!" or "12 Card Games!" CD-ROMs at a Walmart for 5 or 10 bucks and have a bunch of time wasters on my PC instead of just one time waster for 3.3 to 6.6 months.

I'm really getting sick of "Software as a Service" BS. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should pay monthly for freaking solitaire.

Ducky2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

Save that frustration for when the solitaire actually requires a monthly subscription.
Right now, it's just $1.50 to remove ads from an additional game mode.

The base game of solitaire is still there, free, and without ads.

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

And this is the very reason I'm not upgrading. I suspected something like this would happen and I'm absolutely certain that Solitaire won't be the only thing that was once free and will have a monthly fee attached in Windows 10.

gangsta_red2374d ago

It's still free, but now you have the option to buy a premium version to remove the ads and add other bonus features.

I didn't read the article either ;)

meanthyme2374d ago

Not upgrading your OS because they charge you to play solitaire is idiotic.

gangsta_red2374d ago

A one time fee of 1.50 will buy you a pack of cards to play Solitaire in real life!

No thanks Win 10!

gangsta_red2374d ago

Well upon reading the actual article it seems that the game is still free, but there's a premium version that removes ads and gives other bonus features.

Must read article...

remixx1162374d ago

Lol how true this is is hilarious.

babadivad2374d ago

Are you guys serious with these comments? The Microsoft hate is unreal on this site. It's fucking solitaire. Who gives a fuck. When is the last time you even played the damn thing. And it's still FREE. If it's killing you that bad just get a different free version of solitaire to go with your free OS. Ridiculous. . .

babadivad2374d ago

Why am I not surprised by the disagrees.

Rachel_Alucard2374d ago

"Let me just keep enabling this practice by allowing the free market to magically not spend money on this"

Tzuno2374d ago

Multiply that by millions, guess how much money they make? I am not gonna pay for one stupid game that i can find it online for free.

nitus102374d ago

I am not sure why you would want to play Solitaire on a large screen HDTV or any sized within reason TV when there are plenty of much more interesting games.

Why do people play Solitaire?

Personally I only play Solitaire on my mobile phone when I am waiting for something such as a take-away or commuting or just killing some time and I don't want to annoy people who are around me. If sound is not the issue then I play Angry Birds.

Many free games for Android and IOS contain adds however the Free Solitaire game I have for my Android phone doesn't which annoys my wife who has an iPhone and her game has ads.

If you don't have a smart phone, tablet or PC you can always pick up a pack of playing cards and enjoy the "retro" experience of playing Solitaire. ;-)

Muzikguy2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

Wow this is just crazy and stupid. No way would I ever do this! I'm thinking that some are missing the bigger picture here. If MS is doing this with Solitaire, what else are they doing it to? Is the upgrade even going to be worth it? I'm not liking this strategy at all! One time fees are getting replaced by monthly nickels and dimes.

d0x3602374d ago

Microsoft doesn't want you to pay for the game they want people to pay for the servers running the game. Hard as it may be to believe but those servers handle massive amounts of traffic so its either get rid of it or find a way to fund the server fees

kraenk122374d ago

They are called Micro$oft for a reason.

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Bigpappy2375d ago

I play all of those M$ game with win8.1 with the ads. I really don't mind because I didn't buy the games

OC_MurphysLaw2375d ago

Solitaire and minesweeper should be standard for all MS OS releases. It's like getting ice with your soda at a drive through. It just comes with it ...sure you could omit it (delete it)but its standard otherwise.

Double_O_Revan2375d ago

It's been a part of Windows for over 20 years. First, why are there ads? Second, why am I paying to remove ads monthly. At the very least, pay a one time fee, like buying a full version of an app over the free version with ads.

Lukejrl2375d ago

I agree with you in principle, but with windows 10 being free for users they need to monetize something. I think this is B.S but understand their misguided thought process

pivotplease2375d ago

I'm sure they've already made a killing off of the new 365 subscription programs. Now people are paying every year instead of once every 5 years or so. And yes they are paying. My whole university recently switched over to using Office 365 for e-mail. Amateurs.

nitus102374d ago

Solitaire has been part of Unix for over 30 years except you needed a graphic display to play it. Even the first graphical versions of Linux from the early 1990's had free Solitaire. You can even get the source code for this game and compile it yourself.

I do play Solitaire on my Android phone on occasion and don't get any adds nor do I pay for the application.

Paying for Solitaire is IMHO a rip off.

stiggs2375d ago

EVERYTHING should be free. No one should make money on anything. I'm sure that's how most of the detractors on N4G conduct their daily lives...they probably volunteer all of their time and effort with no consideration of monetary gain.

pivotplease2375d ago

Pretty much the worst analogy when you consider that a free application with archaic code is now taking on a monthly fee program. It probably took a coder or two an hour to make this garbage. The majority of said time was probably spent adding the adverts. Try again.

donthate2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

That is not true at all. It is fine if Sony is making money, but God forbid MS or Nintendo makes money!

Quick hit the panic button, MS and Nintendo is trying to rip us off!

Quick hit the agree button, Sony is supporting us gamers by locking up SFV exclusivity and money hatting!

The double standards here are disgusting.

SilentNegotiator2374d ago

I'd rather pay <$100 for a copy of Windows than be nickeled and dimed with SaaS nonsense.

BitbyDeath2374d ago

@donthate, Get out of here with that where are Nintendo trying to rip us off? Don't hate dude.

Bzone242374d ago


You aren't paying for solitaire, it's free. You are paying to get the ads removed.

Muzikguy2374d ago


Paying to get ads removed that were put there on purpose to make you pay to get them removed. Why are they there to begin with?

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GiantFriendlyCrab2375d ago (Edited 2375d ago )

or just install Linux

Back-to-Back2374d ago

The main drawback of Linux will always be driver support.

superterabyte2374d ago (Edited 2374d ago )

*Application Software support