Microsoft FreeCell is a variation on the popular Solitaire game, a single player game that is played with a deck of 52 cards. FreeCell is also played with a 52 card deck, but with some slight changes. It requires a great deal of luck and a little knowledge.
The game of FreeCell comes from a game known as Eight Off. In this game the cards are dealt face up into eight plea, with the remaining four cards stacked across the top into four cells. The origins of this game may date back to around the time of the end of the second world war, where it may have been known by the name Napoleon.
Microsoft FreeCell was first created in 1978 for the PLATO system but it gained popularity when it was bundled in with the Microsoft Windows 95 Operating System. It is now a constant feature on all of the modern Windows Operating Systems. FreeCell is one of the mainstays of the Windows Operating System, along with Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts, and has been played by hundreds of millions of people all over the world.