Microsoft announced its intention to close the Internet Games service, a service launched by the company in 2000 that allowed players to play iconic games such as backgammon and checkers against online competitors.
The company has revealed that it no longer supports the range of Internet games that were a staple food of Windows 19 years ago and is currently working on Windows XP, Windows ME and Windows 7.
According to Microsoft, the service for Windows XP and Windows ME will expire by July 31, while Internet gaming services for Windows 7 will be discontinued on January 22, 2020.
The Windows gaming team said: We appreciate all the time and passion I have put into Microsoft online games, and it has been a wonderful community. However, it is time for us, with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources in modern technologies so that we can continue to offer New experiences.
The games are expected to continue to operate as usual until the closing dates listed above, so they will no longer be playable.
The team explained that the company remains committed to providing attractive and fun gaming experiences, and hopes to move players and join one of Microsoft’s other gaming communities.
Games have always been a large part of the Windows experience; a Microsoft relationship particularly focused on the 2000 version of Windows ME.
These games included the usual names, such as Spider Solitaire and Minesweeper, as well as a series of five games that can be played online against others.
Although the online gaming group has not revolutionized the industry, it has been popular for some people, and players have been playing online for years.
The stop affects the following clearances:
Online gaming (Spades) (Windows XP), Windows ME; and (Windows 7).
Hearts online game (Windows XP); and (Windows ME).
Reversi online game (Windows XP); and (Windows ME).
MSN Go online game (Windows 7).