November 27, 2022

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Solitaire, Minesweeper and more now playable in Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft is trying to encourage colleagues to build trust by adding Solitaire, Minesweeper and more to Microsoft Teams.

As of today, Microsoft Teams has integrated a number of games into the video calling software, including Minesweeper, Solitaire, Wordament, and IceBreakers (thanks, The Verge). You’ll probably remember Minesweeper as the one game almost nobody knows how to play, and Solitaire needs no introduction.

IceBreakers is a game that does exactly what it says on the tin – you’re asked questions, like whether or not you have pineapple on pizza (the correct answer is yes), to learn more about your peers. And Wordament has a crossword/scrabble-like layout where you just have to find words in the grid.

Between two and 250 players can join Wordament, although the limit for the other games has not been set.

“The goal of this new app is to free up space in the virtual office to pause and recharge with colleagues,” an Xbox representative said in a statement. “The Games for Work app integrates directly into the workflow – once the app is added, you and your colleagues can seamlessly enjoy the team meeting experience and turn those minutes into a bit of fun.”

Microsoft noted in its blog post about the games’ launch that a Brigham Young University study found that “Teams that played short video games together were 20 percent more productive than those that engaged in more traditional team-building activities.”

All four games are free to play, and you can do so on desktop and mobile.

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