The retro backgrounds were created by Microsoft’s designers to add some excitement to remote work and video calls, because “a little trip back in time can be good for the soul”.
The other three images are similar setbacks. The classic time-consuming card game Solitaire, one of the most played video games of all time since its release in 1990, has been recreated in 3D. A tribute to the old school creative app, Microsoft Paint, features a brush escaping to paint over the virtual walls.
The best could be the recreation of the standard Windows XP background, which shows rolling hills and a bright blue sky. In the new version there is a pinch of tiny dandelions – perfect for calming the nerves during stressful meetings.