Microsoft is going to ship a Texas Hold ’em game as part of the Vista Ultimate extras later this month.
It’s a shame it isn’t just included in Vista, and even as a download for XP. Microsoft did a nice job with the implementation (from what I’ve seen so far). It’s a shame the distribution will be somewhat limited (at least initially). I love Texas Hold ’em – and now that our Government has made online gambling illegal here, I might as well be able to play for fun.
Microsoft introduced millions of people to solitaire years ago – a silly one-person only game. Imagine if they released Texas Hold ’em to everyone – even in Linux and Mac OSX versions – and built a social network around it. That would be kind of cool. Tie it to my XBOX Live account, and my MS Live account. Use one of the most popular “add ons” in Windows to create a completely new little market.
Yes, it would be fun to play Texas Hold em against my friends in Australia, or Arkansas. It would also be cool to monitor my stats verse my friends, etc…
But Microsoft probably won’t do this. They probably don’t see the value in capturing this user base and converting it to a Social Network.
Imagine if the original Solitaire was social. How many users would that network have?