Microsoft Solitaire Collection Comes to Android and iOS

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Games, iOS, Mobile with 15 Comments

Microsoft Solitaire Collection Comes to Android and iOS

And you thought Office for iPad was big news: Today, Microsoft announced the release of its Solitaire Collection for Android and iOS.

Microsoft Solitaire continues to be one of the most-played games of all time on Windows for more than 25 years,” Microsoft’s Paul Jensen claims. “What’s more, the version of Solitaire you know and love on Windows 10 and Windows 8 PC and mobile devices, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, has reached more than 119 million unique players in the last four years alone! And now, those on iPhone, iPad and Android devices can play the popular card game for free.”

Described by Microsoft as “the world’s most popular Solitaire game,” Microsoft Solitaire Collection provides five variants of the game: FreeCell, Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, and Tripeaks. It also features daily challenges in which you can play solvable challenges every day in all five game modes with multiple levels of difficulty, while earning cool awards, Microsoft says.

The Android and iOS versions of the game also support Xbox Live achievements and gamerscore, plus you can continue games across platforms (Windows, Android, iOS) because game saves are cloud-based. (Xbox Live membership is free.)

Microsoft Solitaire Collection for Android and iOS is free, but ad-based. To celebrate the launch, Microsoft is providing a free trial of Premium Edition (normally $1.99 per month) now through the end of the year.

Download Microsoft Solitaire Collection for iOS from the Apple App Store

Download Microsoft Solitaire Collection for Android from the Google Play Store

 

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15 responses to “Microsoft Solitaire Collection Comes to Android and iOS”

  1. 1043

    $1.99 a month seems excessive to remove ads from a single app, most apps charge a one-time fee of $0.99-$1.99.

  2. 1758

    Hmm your IOS link goes to Android Play Store and your Android link goes ITunes store. :)

  3. 5949

    I for one don't like all the refreshed UIs Microsoft is giving their Casual games. The Windows 8-era UIs where beautiful. When the Microsoft Sollitaire Collection Preview hit, the UI went to shit, I still though "well, it's just a preview, they are going to make the UI much cleaner". Now, 2 years later, the UI looks still the same: ugly. My major issues are with the misaligned text compared to the "tiles", ugly drop shadows, "menu" as text in the menu button, the general look (with border and all) of the bar on top of these games, the ugly hamburger menu, etc. Why not just go with the clean UWP look all the other apps have? Seriously. Great games, but the Windows 10 refreshes are getting shitty UIs.

  4. 907

    Damn, MS is on a roll today with these huge announcements. Add to this Bing now shows companies opening hours, that's great Bing. Welcome into the 21 century with that. Also, Office is now available in another ten tiny little countries around the world. Meanwhile, Cortana borders on useless outside of America. All snark aside MS your consumer business is falling apart. Talk about Nero fiddles while Rome burns. Then again, maybe I'm over reacting and it's just a slow news day :)

  5. 5554

    $2/month pay-forever subscription?  Lol

     

    MS you have lost your minds. No wonder you utterly failed in mobile. 

  6. 2428

    Why? Do they need the money from Advertising? Or are they that desperate to be relevant in mobile?

  7. 5631

    Does it drain the battery in .47 microseconds on those platforms like it does on Windows Mobile?

  8. 5997

    Now, if they could only get Microsoft Jigsaw to work on Redstone.

     

  9. 8179

    Monthly subscription based ad removal for a 'premium' solitaire game experience? Now I've seen it all.... (up to this point... I know some big company will top this soon in the future)

  10. 809

    Kinda sad really

  11. 8656

    That is cool to release Win casual games on Android platform, but why they must be paid? There is nothing new in such games, I can play them for free here: http://www.kizigamesxl.com/ Spider and Solitaire were invented a long time before Microsoft, so what's the reason to pay for them?

  12. 2693

    This will make my mom happy. She still keeps her Lumia 640 around just for this game.

    I tried installing some other solitaire games on her Android phone, but they were all super scummy and required permissions to all kinds of stuff a card game doesn't need.

  13. 1454

    I'm a huge fan of Microsoft Solitaire Collection and seriously missed the game sync when I switched to Android 2 years ago. I have made several request to the devs for this. I tried the beta version from earlier this year but it was too much to get it to work (including the feedback mechanism). Can't wait to try it out. 

    Your links to the game are reversed. 

  14. 268

    Funny how they don't mention the fast decline of their solitaire apps. Up to Windows 7, it was fine - they understood what the word solitaire meant. The apps were simple and worked. Then, with Windows 8, all of a sudden it was all of this "Sign in" and leaderboards and crap. If you don't sign in, it nags you to no end. Advertisements too. Of course, being a UWP app, it crashes all the time. Being a Windows Insider you go through times when it won't even launch, others were it cannot sign in, etc. They also managed on Win 8.1 at one point to remove CTRL-Z for undo. You actually had to use the mouse or touch and move to a far corner to click undo. I just want the old, stable, working, Win32 apps back for Freecell, etc. They were much better. Guess what apps won't be going on my phone? Yep, Solitaire Collection.

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