RIP Backgammon — Microsoft to shutter its Internet Games service by next year

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Pour one out for another gaming legend we’re losing. Microsoft revealed last week it’s no longer supporting its suite of Internet Games that have been a staple of Windows for 19 years. Games Services for Windows XP and ME will end later this month, while the same service for Windows 7 will end next January. A statement from a spokesperson lists the casualties as Backgammon, Checkers, Spades, Hearts, and Reversi. The company thanks the “great community” that existed for these games, but says: However, the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards…

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