When Microsoft bought Mojang, the makers of the insanely popular Minecraft, in a surprise 2.5 billion deal in September 2014, nobody knew what to think. The game seemed an odd fit for Microsoft, whose biggest moneymakers are its productivity software and Windows PC operating system. Minecraft's millions of players fretted that the game was destined to be ruined under its new corporate parent, or that Microsoft would restrict the game to its own Xbox and Windows platforms. Two years later, Minecraft is more popular and widely available than ever. Since the beginning of this year, Mojang says, people have bought 53,000 copies of Minecraft every single day.
Microsoft has put another nail in the coffin of Windows 10 Mobile, confirming that it has stopped development of its hit game Minecraft for Windows phones. On Wednesday, Windows Central reported that Microsoft had halted development of Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows phones. When asked for comment, a Microsoft representative referred PCWorld to a Minecraft support document that indicates the platform won't receive future updates. The official FAQ states: "Is the 1.0 Ender Update coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition on Windows Phone? It goes on to answer: "The 1.0 Ender Update will not be available on Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows Phone 10.
Microsoft is making available to teachers worldwide an early-access version of Minecraft Education Edition today, June 9. The early-access edition is a not-quite-yet-finished version of the product that is available for free for testing purposes. Minecraft Education Edition works on Windows 10 or OS X El Capitan and requires a free Office 365 Education account. Google has gifted 1m to encourage German students to learning programming. Minecraft Education Edition is based on MinecraftEdu.
The popular multiplayer online title Minecraft will launch its own in-game currency and a marketplace that'll be open to third-party developers, according to Bloomberg. The updates, which debut this spring, will include nine content packs at launch. As Bloomberg notes, the packs feature content like new levels and activities and will be priced at around $1 to $10. Notably, the marketplace will also prominently feature content from outside developers. At launch, the marketplace will host content from several existing Minecraft partners and later, other third-party developers and independent creators can apply to join the marketplace.
Minecraft is set to launch a marketplace that showcases curated content for Pocket and Windows 10 players. The digital storefront will let users purchase items like maps, textures and skins that range from $1 to $10 per - but users will first have to by a new form of currency. Microsoft is set to add Minecraft Coins to the platform that will live in a user's Microsoft Xbox Live virtual wallet and is accessible for marketplace purchases on any platform. Minecraft is set to launch a marketplace (pictured) that showcases curated content for Pocket and Windows 10 players. Minecraft plans to launch a digital marketplace in spring.