The Microsoft Solitaire was earlier debuted by the name of Windows Solitaire with Windows 3.0 in 1990 and was specifically designed for users to help them learn how to use a mouse. The game actually helped people master the drag and drop functionality, which is still among the most used mouse controls on Windows.
Windows Solitaire was a pre-installed game on almost every Windows operating system launched until Windows 8 in 2012 when Microsoft decided to discontinue the game. However, the game received a major revamp in the same year alongside its relaunch as the standalone game via Microsoft Store. Also, Microsoft later included the game with the launch of Window 10 in 2015. The updated version not only brought improved graphics and support for other platforms such as Android, iOS and web, it also added five new games modes, daily challenges, Xbox Live integration, etc.
Microsoft claims that the game is still played in around 200+ countries and territories and is available in 65 different languages. Last year, the game was even included into the World Video Game Hall of Fame alongside the classic titles like Doom, World of Warcraft, Tetris and Halo: Combat Evolved.