This is Microsoft’s official Solitaire app for Windows 8 and, thanks to the company’s attempt to unify its desktop and mobile platforms, you can also play it on Windows Phone. The app is free for unlimited single player sessions, although you can optionally pay to become a premium member for access to things daily challenges, online competitions, and an ad-free experience. You don’t need to spend a cent to get the “classic” Solitaire experience of previous versions of Windows, but if you want the premium features it will cost you $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year.. Microsoft Solitaire Collection in Windows 8.1. Players can choose from multiple Solitaire variations (Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, FreeCell, and TriPeaks), and there are a number of custom themes and decks. The app keeps track of a user’s statistics for each game type and can also be linked to a user’s Xbox Live account in order to earn achievements.. The classic desktop versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper are gone in Windows 8 and 10. Instead, you’ll find shiny new versions with advertisements, Xbox integration, and optional subscription fees. But you can still play Solitaire and Minesweeper without ads, and without paying a cent..