If you have any history with Windows beyond the latest iterations, you will have killed time at some point in your life by playing one of its classic time-wasting games, the most popular of which has always been Solitaire.
Soon, however, Solitaire could become an iconic title for iOS and Android users too, as Microsoft is working to bring the modern version of the game on non-Windows platforms too.
This, according to an email sent to select members of the Microsoft Casual Games Inner Circle, a program not dissimilar to Windows Insiders that is used to collect feedback from users and take suggestions for future casual games.
The email doesn’t reveal much beyond the fact that Microsoft Studios is after beta testers for both the iOS and Android versions before they publicly launch the game on those platforms. Here’s the full email.
“Do you have an iPhone, iPad, or other iOS/Android device? If so, then here’s some exciting news: We are developing Microsoft Solitaire Collection for iOS and Android devices and we are looking for a group of passionate Solitaire players to help us test our beta version of the game as we continue to work on it.
As a valuable member of the Microsoft Casual Games Inner Circle, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to be a part of our beta program and give us feedback on the experience.
If you are interested in joining our beta program and getting a sneak peak of the game on your iOS or Android device, please click on this link and sign in with your Microsoft Account to give us some information about your devices.
Thank you so much for taking the time to play our games and provide valuable feedback! You help make our games the best they can be! Follow us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.
-The Microsoft Casual Games Team”
Without a doubt, the arrival of Solitaire on iOS and Android is another confirmation of Microsoft’s increased focus on non-Windows platform, an approach that has often been received with much criticism from the most loyal Windows fans.