Microsoft is once again bundling Solitaire with Windows, but if you want an ad-free experience then that's going to cost you.
The app in question is the Microsoft Solitaire app, and as first reported by PC World
, the app prompts users to "upgrade" to the premium version for $1.49 a month (or $9.99 a year) to remove the ads and get some "coins" and "power boosts."
A similar system existed in Windows 8/8.1, but the game wasn't bundled with the operating system and was a separate download.
With Windows 10 being offered to so many people as a freebie, it's natural that Microsoft will want to explore other revenue streams. Ads, and paying for their removal, is an obvious revenue stream, but from what I can tell this ad-ladened bundle will also ship with OEM and paid-for copies of Windows 10. So not only do you get to experience the joy of paying for the operating system
, you also get the adware version of Solitaire.
The other advantage for Microsoft is that the more people it can get signed up to the app store with a payment method, the more likely they are to spend.