Microsoft Internet Games Services Will Soon Be No More

If you are someone that grew up right alongside the internet and the computer revolution, you have probably been playing the simple games that came preinstalled on your Windows computer for quite a long time. These games slowly turned into Microsoft Internet Games that had a bit more of a multiplayer focus, and whether or not people played these games they remained an iconic aspect of the Microsoft Windows user experience, becoming one of those things that you just expect to get when you install Windows even if you don’t intend on using this particular feature.

However, games like Spades, Backgammon and Checkers are all going to be discontinued for all of the older versions of Windows up until Windows 7. For Windows XP and earlier versions, the services for these games will shut down towards the end of July this year. For Windows 7, Internet Games will no longer be available in January of 2020, which is also when support for that version of Windows will be discontinued putting it firmly in the past in spite of the fact that a lot of people still use it as their main operating system preferring it to some of the newer variants coming in.

This is truly the end of an era, and while the impact it will have on your user experience is going to be more or less minimal it is important to try and understand that this is a sign of how times are changing. Microsoft has different priorities now, but we will all remember Microsoft Internet Games as the first games to introduce us to multiplayer games all in all.


"While we’re saddened to leave this chapter behind, we continue to be committed to delivering engaging, delightful gaming experiences.", explained M. Hamer in a community help page.


Screenshot: Microsoft.

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