Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes to Windows Phone with Xbox LIVE support

Great Ceaser’s ghost, Microsoft has finally delivered on one of the all-time time wasters: Solitaire. Not only is this collection of solitary card games now available for Windows Phone 8 devices, but it even comes with Xbox LIVE support for you achievement hunters out there.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes in at 42 MB and with five different games, including Klondike FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks and Pyramid. After 20 years of playing them on various PCs, it’s great to see them finally arrive for Windows Phone 8 in late 2013.

The Microsoft Solitaire Collection has been available on Windows 8 for some time now, so we’re not too surprised to see this game make its way to our handsets. But it’s still a nice surprise, regardless.

Besides the great collection of game-types listed above, the Solitaire Collection has LIVE integration, for earning achievements, competing with your friends, submitting your scores to the leaderboards, and track your personal gameplay statistics.

The game also features Microsoft’s “Play, Pause, Resume” ability, meaning you should be able to start a game on your phone, pause it and continue playing on your Surface or Windows 8 PC. That’s kind of awesome and makes us want to start playing right now.

How about you? Anxious to get started? Pick up the Microsoft Solitaire Collection for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store or scan the QR code below. 512 MB devices are good to go too, and the game is free.

Update: Microsoft has also release Mahjong and Minesweeper (new edition) for Windows Phone 8. Read here for more info.

Thanks, Shreyas S., for the tip

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.