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#1 OFFLINE   abarbarian

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 11:01 AM

Found a fascinating article on the early Microsoft Windows offerings from 1983 thought it might interest some folk.

https://archive.org/...ge/n49/mode/2up

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:23 AM

Hello,

A little tidbit I heard somewhere:  One of the reasons the Solitaire program was included in Windows was in order to help people get used to using a mouse, which were not commonly used with MS-DOS.

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 03:04 PM

And now they have to keep Solitaire or deal with user distain. :teehee:
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:50 AM

Hello,

Interestingly enough, Microsoft has used the popularity of its Solitaire application to drive users to technologies it wants to popularize.  For example, in Windows 8, Solitaire became a Metro Modern Windows App, and the goal there was to get users used to buying applications from Microsoft's built-in app store.

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And now they have to keep Solitaire or deal with user distain. :teehee:

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#5 OFFLINE   Corrine

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 08:27 AM

I remember our surprise at work when we discovered that there was Solitaire on our computers.  I also remember my frustration trying to master the mouse.  It seemed "unnatural" to take my hand off the keyboard to accomplish tasks.
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Posted 11 May 2018 - 08:17 AM

I was the complete opposite. I used an Amiga for years before I ever had a DOS machine. MS-DOS seemed so brain dead compared to the GUI of an Amiga.
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