The creator of Microsoft’s Solitaire, Wes Cherry, didn’t receive any royalties for his work.
One of the most popular applications ever played on a computer running on Microsoft’s operating system Windows is, of course, the popular card game Solitaire.
The game was created back in the distant 1989 by a guy named Wes Cherry. At that time Cherry was still just an intern working for Microsoft and he modeled the game over the original card deck, which was once created by Susan Kare – one of the acclaimed graphic designers, who worked for Macintosh back at that time. The initial idea behind Microsoft’s Solitaire was to help Windows users ease the tension the operating system, the graphics and the overall technology might bring. Apart from helping users let some steam out and relax, the game also helped Microsoft clients get more familiar with the mouse and its properties – like the drag-and-drop for example. As time progressed, Solitaire became the most popular application of all pre-installed games on every Windows system. However, its inventor never received any royalties for his awesome creation.
Ever since it was made available to the public in 1990 Solitaire has gained lots of positive feedback. When Microsoft celebrated the game’s 25th anniversary last year, they decided to do something spectacular. In order to honor the popular application, they organized a special Solitaire tournament that took place on the 18th of May 2015 and it was held at the Microsoft Campus. The event was even broadcasted on Amazon’s Twitch.
On the other hand, Solitaire does have some negative effects as well. It can be addictive and it can lead to loss of business productivity. An infamous case regarding the firing of a NYC office worker made headlines in 2006 after New York’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg saw his employee playing Solitaire and fired him.