What Is a Microsoft Family Account?

Kids can access more entertainment, information, and multiple ways of connecting with their friends and teachers through e-learning apps and tools than ever before. With such open access, parents are more concerned about how to keep their kids safe online and many have resorted to blocking sites using parental control software using apps to spy on their online activity.

While these are good options to keep kids from stumbling upon inappropriate websites or content, one of the best ways of keeping up with what your kids are doing online is by using Microsoft Family.

This guide explains how to set up and use a Microsoft Family account to make it easier and safer for your family to interact with each other, across platforms and devices.

What Is a Microsoft Family Account?

A Microsoft Family account helps families stay connected while keeping children safer on Windows 10 PCs, Android devices running Microsoft Launcher, and Xbox One devices.

It’s one of the benefits you enjoy if you have a Microsoft account as it’s already built into your Windows 10 and Xbox devices, so there’s no software installation required to make it work. Plus, you can receive reports on your child’s activity, check their location, set screen time limits, manage privacy settings, and purchasing/spending limits. You can also set web filtering limits on the games or websites they can access.  

How To Set Up & Manage a Microsoft Family Account

To set up a Microsoft Family account, you’ll need a Microsoft account for yourself, and any other adult or child that’ll be part of the Microsoft Family.

  1. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, go to account.microsoft.com, select Sign in and click Create one
  1. Choose Get a new email address if you’d rather create a new email address, click Next and follow the instructions to create your account.

Once you have an account, sign in and go to family.microsoft.com. Click Create a family group and follow the directions to set up the Microsoft Family account.

How To Add Members To Your Family Group

Now that your Microsoft Family account is ready, you can use your PC or Xbox One to invite members to join.

Each person you invite will receive an email or text asking them to accept the invitation to join your family group.

  1. Sign in with your Microsoft account, and click the green Create a family group button as shown above
  1. In the Add a family member popup box, select Member or Organizer.
  1. Enter the email address or phone number for the person you’re adding, and click Send invite. If the person is part of a different family group, they have to be removed from that group first before joining yours, or get a new Microsoft account for your family group.
  1. Click Done.
  1. If the invitee hasn’t accepted your invitation from the text or email they received, you can click Accept now next to Pending member in the Notifications section. This action will sign you out to allow the other person to sign in to their own account and accept the invitation.

Note: For a child, they’ll have to click My parent can sign in now before they can join the group. Follow the instructions to sign your child in, select Continue and set up the parental controls such as screen time limits, event scheduling, activity reports, website filtering, and more.

How To Remove Members From Your Microsoft Family Account

You can remove a member from your Microsoft Family account if you have an adult account and you gave the consent. The member’s email will still exist, but without the restrictions or benefits it had while in the group.

  1. If you’re removing a child, sign in with your Microsoft account and select Manage my child’s profile info.
  1. Click View your family settings in the Manage Permissions window.
  1. In the new window, select the child and then click Remove consent for this child’s account.
  1. Go back to your family’s page, click More options>Remove from family under the child’s name and confirm the action. Do the same to remove an adult under the person’s name.
  1. If you’re the only adult and you want to leave the family account, remove the children first, find your name and click Leave family group.

Features Of a Microsoft Family Account

Activity Reporting

From your Microsoft Family account, you can get weekly email reports of your child’s device use and online activity on Windows 10, Xbox One or Android devices running Microsoft Launcher.

You can also view it online on family.microsoft.com and see keep an eye on things like their browsing history, games and apps they use, websites they visit, terms they searched for on search engines, and amount of screen time.

Screen Time

With a Microsoft Family account, you can balance screen time on your child’s smartphone and other activities, and get a breakdown of how much time they spend on their devices throughout the week or overall by each day.

Content Filtering

Content filters help you set the kind of content your child can get from the sites they visit, the games they can play, and whether they’ll need approval from you before making purchases on Microsoft Store. If your child needs exceptions for certain types of content, they have to send a request to you and you can respond on the Microsoft family account or via email.

Limit Apps, Games And Media

This feature allows you to set age limits on apps, games and media so that your child doesn’t end up using inappropriate apps, or play media and games that are rated above their age limit, otherwise they’ll need your approval.

Block Inappropriate Websites

Protect your child from surfing inappropriate, adult content on the internet when using web browsers. Once you set an age limit for content, Microsoft blocks many sites automatically, and you can also whitelist or select which ones to block. You also have the option to let your child visit only the sites you have approved.

Manage Purchases On Microsoft Store

Children tend to act on impulse when they see something they like and instantly want to have it. To ensure your child doesn’t make any purchases on the Microsoft Store without your consent, you can adjust the spending or purchase settings on your Microsoft family account and keep an eye on their shopping habits, payment options, and add money to their account in one platform.

Find Your Child

When your child uses a Windows 10 phone or an Android device running Microsoft Launcher (version 4.10 or higher), you can see their whereabouts whether at home or on the go, and monitor them remotely. It also shows you their last known location and time, and allows you to rest easier knowing they’re safe and where they’re supposed to be.

Pros And Cons Of a Microsoft Family Account

A Microsoft Family account is free but it can be limiting in terms of in-depth information on kids’ online activities. If you need more parental control software options, check out our roundup of the apps you can use to spy on your children’s internet use

Pros

  • Free to use for users of Windows, Xbox One devices
  • Configuration is managed online
  • Can find a child’s device, their current and last known location
  • Can schedule and set screen time and daily limits
  • Can block inappropriate media, websites, apps and games based on age

Cons

  • No support for iOS devices
  • Content filtering isn’t browser independent – works with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 
  • Parents have to create email accounts for kids no matter their age

Do you use a Microsoft Family account? Share your experience with us by dropping a comment in the section below. 

How To Control Your Windows 10 PC With Your Voice

In the early days of voice recognition, you’d be lucky to get half your words recognized, even if you spoke slowly like a robot. These days every smartphone has a voice assistant of some sort that can quickly take down notes for you or perform tasks such as opening applications. 

However, if you have a Windows 10 computer, you can also control Windows 10 with your voice. This is more than just a cool feature. It can be a real productivity booster and, for people with certain disabilities, an effective way to take control of their computer.

Control vs Dictation

Do you want to control Windows 10 with your voice or do you simply want it to write down what you say? Voice control is a different function from dictation and some users are often confused between the two concepts. If all you want to do is simply talk and have the computer write what you say, you don’t have to go through all of the effort to set up speech recognition. 

For example, Google Docs has an excellent voice dictation feature that uses the power of the cloud to turn your speech into text. If you’re a macOS user you can even use Apple’s built-in system.

This article is about voice control, rather than voice dictation. In other words, we want to use Windows and accomplish general tasks without the use of a keyboard or mouse.

Choosing The Right Microphone

If you want to control Windows 10 with your voice, you’ll need to give the computer some way to hear you. If you’re using a laptop or have a desktop webcam, you already have a basic microphone at hand, but these aren’t always going to work well for voice recognition. 

Since you’d already have these mics, it can’t hurt to try voice control with them, but a better class of microphone will undoubtedly make things better. We’re using a Samson Go microphone here.

Telling Windows Which Mic To Use

Before you can start giving your computer orders, you need to specify which microphone it should use. Since Windows supports multiple mics at once, it can sometimes choose one as default that’s not optimal for voice control.

Once you have your microphone plugged in (assuming it’s an external microphone) it’s pretty easy to choose it as your active recording device. Just right-click on the speaker icon in the system tray. 

Then click Open Sound Settings

In the Window that pops up,under “input” choose the mic you want the system to use from the dropdown list.

Setting Up Speech Recognition

To start the process of activating speech recognition on your Windows 10 computer, open the Start Menu and type Speech Recognition. Then, open it.

In the new Window that appears, click on Start Speech Recognition. You may get a warning popup that speech recognition is optimized for US English speakers. Just click OK to dismiss this.

Next you’ll see this wizard, which will walk you through the setup process.

Next you need to choose which type of microphone you’re using. We’re using a Samson Go mic, which stands on the desktop (or clips to a screen) so we’ll choose Desktop Microphone.

The next screen will instruct you on how to set up your mic. It differs for each mic type, so we won’t show that here.

Now read the sample text to help Windows calibrate your mic.

If the computer understands you well enough, you can click next..

Now you’ll see an option to let Windows read through your documents, to get a sense of your vocabulary and phrasing. It’s up to you whether you’d like to do it. If you have documents with irrelevant content or have privacy concerns, feel free to disable this.

OK, we’re almost there. Now all you have to do is choose your activation mode.

Basically you need to decide whether you want speech recognition to be switched on by speaking a keyword, which means it’s always listening, or through a keyboard shortcut.

Now you have an opportunity to print out a reference card with common commands.

Honestly, most people won’t need this since you can always look up the commands when you need to, but if you’re preparing the computer for a disabled or less tech-savvy user, this is handy to print out and put up near the computer for reference.

Finally, after choosing whether to run speech recognition at startup, you’re given the option to do the tutorial. If you haven’t, you should! For those who have gone through the tutorial, just skip it.

When speech recognition is running, you’ll see this on your screen.

Activate speech recognition using your chosen activation method, though Windows Key + Ctrl will work as a toggle regardless. As a test, just say Start Menu with the “listening” indicator on. The Start Menu should pop up immediately. Refer to the official reference card for more commands.

What Now?

With the basic setup done, you’re pretty much ready to control your computer using just your voice. You may however want to train Windows more so that voice recognition becomes more accurate. You’ll find the training application under the speech recognition setting you first used to set up voice recognition. 

The more voice samples WIndows has, the better the system will work. That being said, if you’re getting a lot of missed or misheard commands, take a few minutes to train up your voice recognition system. 

Cortana and Third-Party Options

It’s nice that Windows 10 comes with a built-in speech recognition app to control Windows 10 with your voice, but is there a better alternative? The truth is that desktop speech control is a rather niche area. It’s often relegated to being an accessibility feature. So there aren’t that many third-party options.

Interestingly, Windows 10 has a completely separate voice activated system in the form of Cortana. As a voice assistant, Cortana isn’t designed to be a voice-based replacement for the keyboard and mouse, but there is quite a bit of overlap between the two systems. Have a look at what Cortana can do, it might be better suited to your specific needs than the general-purpose speech recognition system. 

As for third-party voice control, there’s not much out there. The biggest name at the moment is Dragon Speech Recognition from Nuance. They were early pioneers of computer speech recognition and probably have the most experience of any company in the field. This is an option worth exploring if you have complex or mission-critical speech recognition needs.

How To Set Up Private Cloud Storage Using A Windows 10 FTP Site

When we refer to the cloud, we’re talking about a storage system that keeps data stored and accessible on the internet. In recent years, the likes of Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, and other similar convenient data storage options have convinced users of the benefits of a cloud server.

The problem with these services is that they are all third-party. This often means that using them may incur a monthly service cost, potential inaccessibility should the servers or service crash, and security demands to keep data both safe and private.

What if I told you that you could build your own cloud server on Windows? That it wouldn’t be too large of an undertaking and that it would provide more advantages than your typical cloud service? 

How To Set Up Private Cloud Storage Using a Windows 10 FTP Site

To build your own cloud server in Windows would normally require an upfront investment. To start, you’d need a storage system and a minimum of 100Mbps fixed broadband connection. This speed is recommended so that the cloud server can be easily accessed from anywhere.

The internet speeds will be limited to the local service providers in your area. As for the storage system, there are a couple of options from which to choose. One possibility is a NAS, which usually comes with its own web interface and online synchronization options.

For this article on how to build your own cloud server, we’ll be looking at repurposing a home Windows computer to allow cloud storage.

How To Build Your Own Cloud Server In Windows 10

You can build your own cloud server in Windows but it does require a few additions in order to pull it off. It’s also likely to be the cheaper option over something like a NAS as you probably already have a computer readily available.

One of the steps involved will require that FTP components be set up on your Windows 10 computer. This will make your Windows 10 PC internet accessible, meaning you can access it online from other devices, and give it the ability to manage files.

  • Navigate to the Control Panel and click on Programs.
  • Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  • Expand the Internet Information Services (IIS) folder and place a check into the FTP Server checkbox. Next, expand Web Management Tools and make sure that IIS Management Console is also checked. Press OK.
  • Once these steps are completed, the components to set up an FTP server will be installed.

Configuring Your FTP Server Site

The next step is to set up an FTP server site that can be accessed over the web.

  • Head back into the Control Panel and click on System and Security.
  • Then, click on Administrative Tools.
  • Double-click on Internet Information Services Manager.
  • In the Connections pane, expand your computer name and right-click Sites. Select Add FTP Site…
  • Add a name for your site and then locate the folder path where you’ll want to store all FTP files. We recommend creating a folder within the root of the main system drive (C:\) or an entirely different hard drive.
  • Click Next. You should now be at the Binding and SSL Settings window. Set all settings to mirror the image below, and click Next.
  • Unless you’re planning to host sensitive data or are using this server for business purposes, an SSL is generally not required. For either of the purposes mentioned, it’s recommended that you acquire an SSL certificate.
  • Again, mirror your settings to that of the image below. The email address should be the one attached to your Windows 10 account in order for you to gain access to it.
  • Click Finish.

Setting Up The Firewall

Different firewall applications would have different setups for enabling connections to your FTP server. If you’re using the built-in firewall in Windows 10, FTP server connections are blocked by default until manually enabled.

  • To enable it, navigate to Windows Defender Security Center and click on Firewall & network protection.
  • Click the Allow an app through firewall link.
  • Click Change Settings, locate FTP Server and place a checkmark in it as well as both Private and Public Access.
  • Click OK.

At this point, your FTP server is now accessible from multiple devices on the same network.

Accessing Your FTP Server From The Internet

It’s time to open the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) port number 21 on your router. Each router is different when it comes to setting up port forwarding

The steps provided here are a general guidance on how to do this safely. By following the link, you’ll be able to set up a static IP address and open a port to allow online traffic through.

Once set up, you’ll be able to access your FTP server files from anywhere.

Things To Remember

Using a personal computer as cloud storage does have some drawbacks to keep in mind. One issue that could occur is automatic updates taking place when you’re not at home. This would cause your PC to shut off, becoming inaccessible. 

Though the files may be accessible across multiple devices, they aren’t automatically synchronized while offline. To pull that off will require a cloud service like OwnCloud or SeaFile.

Another problem would be shared resources between personal use data and cloud storage use. Depending what kind of data you’re storing, your hard drives could fill up fast.

When it comes to storage capacity, a PC is limited only to what you’re willing to pay for additional hard drives. Instead of worrying about increasing your monthly fee for a few extra gigabytes of accessible data, a one-time purchase of an additional hard drive is all you need.

Now that you have the tools and the knowledge, you can build your own cloud server in Windows and finally kick cloud storage service costs to the curb.

What is “Windows 10 in S Mode”? Can I Change it to Regular Windows?

Microsoft has done some weird things with Windows over the years. Windows running in S Mode is one of those things. 

More and more, we find laptops listed as having Windows 10 running in S Mode, but there’s no explanation of S Mode. There’s also nothing in the laptop ads to let us know that we can take Windows out of S Mode and have a regular version of Windows 10.

What Is Windows 10 In S Mode?

As the name suggests, it’s a mode of Windows 10 as opposed to being its own operating system (OS). 

It’s not public knowledge yet what the S stands for, but based on their marketing, it could be for Security, Speed, Smaller, or even Schools. Maybe all of those. Windows OS names have been cryptic.

Security In Windows 10 S Mode

Windows 10 S Mode is marketed as being more secure than the full Windows 10. It only allows for installing Microsoft verified apps from the Microsoft Store. That does limit the number of apps available, but it shouldn’t limit us from what we can do. 

As of the end of September 2019, there were over 669,000 apps in the Microsoft Store. We should be able to find what we need. All our everyday apps, like Spotify, Slack, NetFlix, and the Microsoft Office Suite are there.

S Mode also uses the Microsoft Edge browser as the default web browser, and it cannot be changed. Microsoft is clinging on to the 2017 NSS Labs Web Browser Security Report stating that Edge is more secure than Chrome or Firefox. That report is 3 years old, so it’s up for debate.

Working in PowerShell, CMD, and tweaking the Windows Registry is also stripped out of Windows 10 in S Mode for greater security. Basically, if it’s an administrator-level tool, it’s not in S Mode, making it that much harder to hack.

Speed In Windows 10 S Mode

Microsoft also says the Windows 10 S Mode has greater speed. Well, at least at startup. It’s a reasonable claim that if it doesn’t have to load the full bloat of Windows 10, it will start up faster than full Windows 10. 

The Edge web browser is the default browser for S Mode, and Microsoft argues that it’s faster than Chrome or Firefox for browsing. Again, that’s debatable as there are too many factors involved in web browsing to make a definitive, objective claim like that.

Size & Windows 10 S Mode

In a game of size-does-matter, Windows running in S Mode has an installed size of about 5GB on the hard drive. A Windows 10 full-installation can range from about 20GB to 40GB, depending on the edition and features chosen. S Mode saves us at least 15GB of drive space. 

As we’ll see below, S Mode is also likely to run well on the absolute minimum system requirements of Windows 10.

Windows 10 S Mode For Schools

The education market is a key to OS dominance. Whatever OS young people first use is likely to be the OS that they’ll prefer later in life. Whatever OS schools are using to teach work skills is likely to be the OS that employers will use so young employees can be productive and quicker. That’s a big part of how Microsoft became what it is today. 

Google knows that and has been getting its small, fast, affordable Chromebooks into schools in droves. S Mode is Microsoft’s counter to that.

Windows 10 S Mode’s speed, security, and even size suit the school market. Plus, S Mode comes with education-specific support with administrator tools like the Set Up School PCs app. There’s also the Microsoft Educator Center, where teachers can learn more about Microsoft products and how best to use them in the classroom. 

The lighter OS should also use less power, making for longer battery life. The idea being that a student could use it all day without recharging it.

Why Are More Laptops Being Sold As Windows Running In S Mode?

We suspect it is because they can sell a laptop with lower-end hardware if Windows is installed in S Mode. That’s not a bad thing! If people need a Windows computer but can’t afford a full-featured laptop, this helps lower the entry barrier. It makes a Windows device a contender against Chrome devices.

Full Windows 10 and Windows running in S Mode have the same minimum system requirements to be installed. 

  • The device needs at least a 1 gigahertz (GHz) processor or System on a Chip (SoC). 
  • There must be a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 32GB of hard drive space. 
  • It must have DirectX 9 or later compatible graphics card and display resolution of at least 800×600 pixels. 
  • The only extra requirement Windows 10 S Mode requires is that the device is able to connect to the Internet on the initial set up.

We know that if we had a laptop with those minimum specifications and tried to use Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise on it, we’d be pulling our hair out very quickly. It would be next to useless. So, we get computers with far greater specifications at a far greater cost.

Windows 10 in S Mode is likely to run just fine on those minimum specifications. A device built at, or close to, those minimum specs are going to be far more affordable than the full-featured laptops costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

How To Change From S Mode To Full Windows Mode

Now that we know what Windows 10 S Mode is, we don’t need to fear that we’re not getting the full Windows experience. If we want to use the full version of our Windows OS, we can take it out of S Mode and go into regular more anytime we want to. There’s no extra cost either. Just be sure that your device can handle it.

The most important warning is that once we switch to full Windows mode, we cannot easily go back to S Mode. If we created restoration media with the device when we got it, then we can restore the computer to S Mode. 

There has been chatter on the Internet about Microsoft eventually including a way to easily switch back and forth, but there is no official notice about that happening yet.

  • Press the Windows and X keys at the same time. In the menu that opens, click on Settings.
  • In the Settings window, click on Update and Security.
  • In the Update window, click on Activation on the left-hand side.
  • Look for the section Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro, click on Go to the Store.
  • The Microsoft Store will open to the Switch out of S Mode page. Click on the Get button. After a few seconds, there will be a confirmation message showing that the process is done. The computer will now be using the full Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. Programs other than apps from the Windows Store can be installed, too.

Can We Go Back to Windows in S Mode?

No, in case it was missed before, rolling back to Windows 10 in S Mode cannot be done. At best, the computer could be completely reset if we have the restoration media from when it was in Windows S Mode. 

The 7 Best Software Versions of Solitaire For Windows 10

Solitaire has offered a fun way to pass the time in offices, classrooms, and homes across the world since 1990. Microsoft first started including its own version of this classic card game with Windows 3.0, with the base game evolving with new graphics and features since then.

If you’re a solitaire addict, however, you might be in the market for something a little different. There are hundreds of different versions of solitaire available, including online and on the desktop. We’re going to focus on desktop Solitaire here, with a run-through of the seven best software versions of Solitaire for Windows 10.

Spider Solitaire Collection Free

Fans of Spider Solitaire, the variant to the standard Klondike Solitaire card game, will get a lot of enjoyment out of the Spider Solitaire Collection. Collection is the right word to use, as this game offers four different Spider Solitaire games for you to try.

The interface is clean and modern, with prominent menu buttons letting you switch games, roll back your last turn and ask for hints on your next move. You can also check how you’re playing compared to past solitaire games, with an achievements board and win/loss statistics available for you to view.

Spider Solitaire Collection Free is skinnable, too, with custom themes, backgrounds, colors, and card sets available. 

Klondike Solitaire Collection Free

From the same development team as Spider Solitaire Collection Free, Klondike Solitaire Collection Free offers many of the same features, a common interface and a similar number of themes available.

Klondike is just another name for the type of solitaire card game used with the original Microsoft Solitaire, so expect the gameplay of this solitaire collection to feel very similar to the original.

Like the Spider Solitaire Collection, this Klondike Collection game offers four Klondike gameplay modes, each with varying rules and “allowed” moves. The achievements board is the same, however.

If you’re confused about the rules for any of the variant games, you can review them by clicking More > Rules.

Simple Solitaire

Simple Solitaire for Windows 10, available in the Microsoft Store, isn’t as polished as other solitaire games on this list, but the name says it all. This game is “just” a solitaire game, with one set of rules following the same basic Klondike game as the original.

That said, there are some improvements. You can change the background and card backs, with six different variants for each available. Like the original Solitaire, Simple Solitaire also offers a hint mode to help you if you get stuck.

An instructions menu, with pictures, helps explain the rules for potential solitaire newbies. There’s also a statistics menu, letting you know your overall win/loss score. 

The only downside to Simple Solitaire is a banner ad at the bottom of the screen, but you may be able to bypass this by turning your internet off while you play.

BVS Solitaire Collection

Other solitaire collections may have several different versions to play, but few go as far as the BVS Solitaire Collection to satisfy gamers, with no less than 535 different solitaire games. You can even modify the rules, creating your own solitaire variants in the process.

Like many of the other collections, BVS Solitaire Collection can be customized, with hundreds of different themes and card backs. A hint mode is included, along with game-end prompts to tell you when you can’t progress, and a statistics board for multiple players to help track your performance against others.

The only downside to BVS Solitaire is the cost. While a 30-day trial is available, this collection will cost you $19.95. That might be a small cost to pay for so many solitaire variants, but this may price out all but the most serious solitaire addicts.

SolSuite Solitaire

As one of the oldest, third-party versions of solitaire for Windows 10, SolSuite Solitaire continues to entertain and impress. This gaming classic has been a solid alternative to Microsoft’s own since 1998.

Produced by the same company as the Klondike and Solitaire Collection Free games, SolSuite is an all-in-one alternative that contains 732 different solitaire games for users to play—nearly 200 more than the BVS Solitaire Collection.

It offers more than 300 different sets, 100 backgrounds, game hints, sound effects, and an auto-play mode to help you solve difficult games. SolSuite also comes with a multiplayer mode with shared statistics, letting you compete to beat games quicker than your friends.

Like BVS Solitaire, SolSuite isn’t free, costing $19.95 for users. A limited trial version, reducing the number of card shuffles per game, is available for download.

PySolFC

For open-source enthusiasts, PySolFC offers a free alternative to paid solitaire game collections like SolSuite. It contains 1000 different solitaire card games, offering the largest number of solitaire game variants to play in one package.

It has many of the common features you’ll see in other top solitaire games on Windows 10, including various different card sets and themes, gameplay statistics and a hint system that allows for auto-play and multiple undo moves.

The interface isn’t as polished or modern as other solitaire games but remains a good, free and open-source option for gameplay on multiple platforms, including Windows and Linux.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Microsoft no longer includes the original Solitaire on Windows10 PCs, but it does offer its replacement—the Microsoft Solitaire Collection. This new solitaire game combines several favorites, including the original Klondike-style Solitaire, FreeCell and Spider Solitaire into a single package.

It’s a departure from typical Microsoft Solitaire gameplay, with daily challenges and gameplay experience (XP) points encouraging regular use. It comes with ads, but you can get rid of these by paying for a premium subscription (costing $10 a year).

The interface is fresh and modern, with gameplay hints and theme options available at the bottom. Achievements are linked to your Microsoft account, allowing you to “level up” (mainly for bragging rights) across multiple devices.

Enjoy Solitaire on Windows 10 and Mobile

Solitaire is a popular card game in its own right, so if you don’t enjoy any of these Windows 10 solitaire games, you can find similar games on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. You can also play an HTML5 version of solitaire in your browser by searching for play solitaire in Google.

Other games and platforms are available if you’re looking for fun ways to pass the time, including through game subscription services.