In a Community post, Microsoft has announced that its versions of Internet Backgammon, Checkers, Spades, Hearts, Reversi and MSN Go are indeed going away. Support for the games on Windows 7 will end on January 22, 2020, the same day that support for Windows 7 officially ends.
“We truly appreciate all the time and passion you’ve put into Microsoft Internet Games,” Microsoft said in a blog post, reported earlier by Engadget. “This has been a great community. However, the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”
At the end of the support dates, the games will no longer be playable, Microsoft said. Microsoft didn’t explain why the games would have a longer shelf life on its newer operating systems.