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Redesigned Backgammon, Checkers, Spades for Windows 7

Internet Checkers
Windows 7 beta has a ton of features that make the operating system easier to use and more visually attractive than its predecessors. There's the new taskbar, the ability to make foreground windows transparent and see what's on your desktop, and most importantly, the ability to run well on older or slower hardware. But you know what else Microsoft has included in Windows 7 beta? Games.

Actually, Microsoft has been bundling a handful of casual games with Windows for years. But while Windows 7 includes the old standbys like Solitaire and Minesweeper, Microsoft has also included updated versions of three popular Windows XP games: Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, and Internet Spades.

The games let you play either against a computer or over the internet against real people. You can select your skill level to be matched against similar players. And if a human opponent leaves the game, the computer will take over so you can still finish.

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