Microsoft plans to discontinue its old internet games on Windows

Windows 7 devices

Beginning January 2020, Microsoft’s outdated internet games
will stop functioning on Windows 7 machines. In a new
announcement, Microsoft has revealed that it plans to
discontinue the internet-based games such as Checkers, Spades
on Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows ME devices.

In a week old forum
post, the tech giant noted that support for Microsoft-owned
Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July
31, 2019, while the service will be discontinued for Windows 7
on January 22, 2020.

The following Microsoft’s internet-based games will stop
working in older versions of Windows:

  • Backgammon on Windows XP, ME, 7.
  • Internet Checkers on Windows XP, ME, 7.
  • Internet Spades on Windows XP, ME, 7.
  • Internet Hearts on Windows XP, ME.
    Internet Reversi on Windows XP, ME.
  • MSN Go on Windows 7.

In the farewell post, Microsoft’s Windows gaming team has
thanked the gaming community, and also pointed out the reason
why the service is going offline:

“However, the 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

Microsoft says the games will be functional for the time being,
but when the support for the services is taken offline, these
games would no longer be playable.

“While we’re saddened to leave this chapter behind, we continue
to be committed to delivering engaging, delightful gaming
experiences. We hope you’ll come with us on this journey and
join the community of any of the other Microsoft casual games,”
Microsoft concluded the farewell post.

These games are apparently not shipped with Windows 10 or
Windows 8/8.1.

Windows 7 message

It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft has already discontinued
support for Windows XP and ME operating systems, and the

company plans to end support for Windows 7 in January 2020.
The users need to install the latest version of Windows 10 by
January 2020 for continued security updates.

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