The Microsoft Solitaire card game is a simple one-player card game that has been included on all versions of the Windows Operating System since Windows 3.0. This simple game was created in 1989 by Wes Cherry who was just an intern at Microsoft at the time and therefore received no royalties for his work. Cherry later worked on the code for the spreadsheet application Microsoft Excel and currently works on an orchard producing cider.
Solitaire, which is also called Patience, is a single played card game that is played with a single deck of cards. The game first found popularity in the early 19th century, finding its way to British and American shores in the later years of the century. The earliest game of Solitaire recorded to have taken place was in 1783, in a German text.
The game of Solitaire relies on a great deal of luck and some amount of skill, knowledge and observation. There are a number of variations of this game, but the Microsoft Solitaire game concentrates on the original Solitaire, with a couple of options for changing how the game plays out.