Microsoft has included the game as part its Windows product line since Windows 3.0, starting from 1990. The game was developed in 1989 by then intern Wes Cherry. The card deck itself was designed by Macintosh pioneer Susan Kare.
"A few people have paid me 'a penny' as a joke. I'd get them in the mail, or in person if someone introduced me as the author of Solitaire and the obligatory no royalties conversation came up. I think I'm up to about 8 cents now."