From PC Mag: If a reminder were needed of how much Microsoft wants us all to buy a new PC and upgrade to Windows 10 in the process, a set of classic Windows games are set to become unplayable. Support for Microsoft Internet Games comes to an end within a few weeks depending on your OS.
As Engadget reports, the announcement was made back on July 2 on the Microsoft Answers website. M. Hamer, a Microsoft agent, explained that Microsoft Internet Games will no longer be supported for Windows XP, Windows ME, and Windows 7 users. When support ends depends on the version of Windows being used. For Windows XP/ME users, it's happening on July 31. For Windows 7 users, it will happen on Jan. 22 next year.
Microsoft Internet Games consists of Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades, Internet Hearts, and Internet Reversi. Hearts and Reversi didn't make it into Windows 7, instead, they got MSN Go as part of the line-up. If you still play any of these games, especially on the now ancient Windows XP/ME, then it's time to find alternative web-based versions as you only have 17 days until they disappear.
What's most surprising is how long these games have remained playable and supported. Microsoft is also missing a trick by not providing OS-independent versions for users to keep playing online, especially as that would offer ample opportunity to advertise Windows 10 to a crowd that's clearly not very keen on upgrading.
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