Internet Games on Windows XP, ME, and 7 to lose support over the next six months

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What you need to know

  • Several Internet Games are losing support on older versions of Windows.
  • Titles include backgammon, checkers, spades, and hearts.
  • Support ends on July 31, 2019 for Windows XP and ME and on January 22, 2020 for Windows 7.

Many classic Internet Games will lose support over the next six months on older versions of Windows. Microsoft announced the end of support dates in a forum post (opens in new tab) (via MSPU).

The following games will stop working after support ends:

  • Internet Backgammon (XP/ME, 7)
  • Internet Checkers (XP/ME, 7)
  • Internet Spades (XP/ME, 7)
  • Internet Hearts (XP/ME)
  • Internet Reversi (XP/ME)
  • MSN Go (7)"

Internet Games on Windows XP and Windows ME devices will stop being supported on July 31, 2019. Internet Games on Windows 7 devices will lose support on January 22, 2020.

After these games lose support, they will no longer work at all. Microsoft's post states that "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 experiences."

While these specific versions of the game won't be playable, there are offline versions of most of these games available on most devices.

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  • I wish they would release Hearts as a Microsoft Casual Game on Windows 10 (same as Ultimate Word Games, Solitaire Collection and Mahjong) I used to love that game on Windows XP!
  • My favorite game on an old Windows device was Space Cadet Pinball. I used to play that allll the time.
  • Sorry, accidentally hit report when wanting hit reply, hope it doesn't affect your post, I don't know how to unreport a post...
  • Was going to say I'd love Hearts to get a Windows 10 version as well. Also a game I wish for too is one not many had access to, the Hold 'Em game which was a Windows Vista Ultimate bonus feature, love it because it's about the only Texas Hold 'Em game which doesn't expect you to play against real players but only against computer players. There's a hack to install it on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 but the touch support isn't great
  • Honest question to WC demanding an honest answer - Do you really think there is a single person on planet Earth that gives a [crap] about this piece of software, really, that it needs reporting. Really. Honestly? I know it's a slow news day but come on? What's next, a Microsoft employee farts and you will report it?
  • Good grief are you still here? 🙄
    You flounced weeks ago claiming that you were "done with this site", or are you trying to get banned so you can be one of the cool kidz?
  • You follow me! I have a fan that remembers my name :O
  • You seem to care about this news quite a bit, just with a negative emotion. Also, KingyOwl commented just above you and talked about the specific games in the article. So, yes, I do think there is at least one single person. He's right there ^^^.
  • It's windows related, end of support, it's news, just STFU and GTFO you are out of touch.... No matter how you flip it you are dead wrong, the relevance has nothing to do with the fact that it is news about an MS item... It's post worthy period whether you like it or not is completely totally and utterly irrelevant... WTF are you still doing here I said GTFO... Are you blind... Come on this way gogogogogogo.....