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 (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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