Recently, former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from Microsoft’s board. “I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time”, he said in his letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. That doesn’t mean he is not following Microsoft’s development. Today, he posted his comments on Microsoft’s latest announcement related to Minecraft and dividend increase. He congratulated Microsoft on Minecraft deal and he thinks that modest increase in dividend was a wise decision which will enable investment in mobile form factors and apps. ...

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Earlier today, Microsoft announced their plans to acquire Mojang Studios which develops the blockbuster Minecraft franchise. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today attended the annual Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon at the Westin Seattle and the first question he faced was regarding Minecraft acquisition. He thinks Minecraft is one game which parents want their kids to play. “To me what Minecraft represents is more than a hit game franchise,” he said. “It’s this open-world platform. If you think about it, it’s the one game parents want their kids to play.” “If you talk about STEM education, the best way to introduce anyone to STEM or get their curiosity going on, it’s Minecraft,” he said. “So I think what this open-world phenomenon will mean to the community at large, for people who builders, is pretty big, and we are very excited about the acquisition, obviously.” He added, “We are really ...

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Microsoft Store is celebrating the acquisition of Minecraft by offering a great deal for gamers. Order a Xbox One now and get a $50 Xbox gift card digital code in celebration of Minecraft for Xbox One. Offer is valid only for today! Hurry in to your local Microsoft retail store or shop online for this exclusive, limited time offer. Xbox One brings together the best exclusive games, the most advanced multiplayer, and entertainment experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Kinect sensor sold separately. Xbox One was designed for today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Downloads and updates happen behind the scenes, so you can jump right in. And when you need to pause, your games are suspended right where you left off, so you can resume instantly. Cannot be redeemed for cash, cannot be transferred. Limited quantities, while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply. See store associate for more detail. 1Free $50 Xbox ...

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As you know, Microsoft today announced that they have acquired Mojang Studios. While we already read about Microsoft’s point out view of this acquisition, what about Mojang’s employees? In their official blog post, they posted a short Q&A to serve their loyal community. Just like everyone of us, they heard it today and they are hoping everything will be ok. They highlighted that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. Once again they confirmed that there’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Why did you sell Minecraft? Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. As you ...

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As you already know, Microsoft today announced that they are planning to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft franchise for about $2.5 billion. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox today commented the following regarding the acquisition. Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world. Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that they are acquiring Mojang, the developer of popular cross-platform game franchise Minecraft. All those reports from last week are true, as Microsoft is paying $2.5 billion for Minecraft. Also, the founders of Mojang are leaving for a new project as Mojang will join other Microsoft Studios in enabling “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 15, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise. The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful ...

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Few days back, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is in late stages talks with Mojang, the developer of popular video game Minecraft. They reported that deal’s value is worth more than $2 Billion and may be concluded as soon as this week, though next week is more likely. Minecraft game is already available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and many other platforms and have sold over 50 million copies to date. Microsoft is looking to expand the game’s reach on all the platforms and also planning to expand the licensing deals with other companies. Today, Reuters reported that Microsoft may announce the acquisition of Mojang on Monday. The price was mentioned as $2.5 billion, which is about 8 times of Mojang’s sales last year. Even though it is a costly acquisition, Microsoft can afford it because of the huge overseas cash they have, which is about $86 billion in cash and short-term ...

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Bloomberg yesterday reported that Microsoft is in late stages talks with Mojang, the developer of popular video game Minecraft. The deal’s value is worth more than $2 Billion and may be concluded as soon as this week, though next week is more likely. Minecraft game is already available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and many other platforms and have sold over 50 million copies to date. Microsoft is looking to expand the game’s reach on all the platforms and also planning to expand the licensing deals with other companies. The key here is the price Microsoft is ready to pay for Minecraft. According to me, anything above $2 billion is a premium price that Microsoft will pay. The deal came together after Mojang founder Markus Persson reached out to Microsoft a few months ago, based on a positive working relationship on Minecraft for Xbox, said the person familiar with Microsoft. ...

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The much awaited Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is releasing this Friday, Sept. 5. If you already the owner of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, then you can upgrade for just $4.99 USD, or new players can download the full game for $19.99 USD. All downloadable content players have purchased for the Xbox 360 Edition is available free for re-download on Xbox One. With worlds up to 36 times larger than on Xbox 360, now there’s an even bigger canvas to create on. Transfer your favorite Xbox 360 worlds and content to the Xbox One Edition so you won’t lose your creations. Join a community of 13-million-plus Minecraft fans on Xbox Live that are continually laying down imaginative creations. And, with the widest range of downloadable content on console, you’ll never run out of new worlds to explore with four player split-screen on one console or up to eight players over Xbox Live.** Source: Xbox ...

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The characters, weapons and worlds of “Halo” are now available as part of the block-building canvas of “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition”. Starting tomorrow the Master Chief and “Minecraft” fans can download the “Halo” Mash-up pack on Xbox Live. The Mash-up pack, expertly crafted by 4J Studios, includes a “Halo”-themed texture set, themed menus and user interface, craftable items and 31 music tracks across the “Halo” franchise. Also available are 40 pixel-perfect character skins depicting beloved “Halo” characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, Arbiter and more. For fans looking to fully immerse themselves into the “Halo” universe, the “Halo” Mash-up pack also features pre-made worlds such as Silent Cartographer, Sandtrap, Valhalla, Blackout, Guardian, Blood Gulch and plenty of other well-known Halo vehicles and features. You can download this pack tomorrow for $3.99/€3.79/£2.69. ...

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This is a great news for Minecraft fans. “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” is coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace this August. If you already own Minecraft on Xbox 360, the you can upgrade to Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for just $4.99. If not, “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” will cost you $19.99. Get ready for even bigger worlds (with scenic vistas), all of your favorite features from “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” and the option to import your saved game data and your beautiful, one-of-a-kind “Minecraft” world onto your Xbox One. That’s right: You don’t have to start from scratch. You can just keep going, right where you left off! That goes for most (but not all) of your downloadable skins and texture packs, though not all of them will make the jump. So, get pumped for the sure-to-be-awesome “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition,” coming your way this August. And if you’re not ...

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Minecraft’s creator Notch took a pretty strong stand against Minecraft on Windows 8, but a bit like Valve’s Steam it seems where there is a will there is a way. At Minecon 2012 a version of Minecraft optimised for touch was shown off. The app still appears to be a Windows desktop app, but as long as Windows 8 users with x86 tablets will not need to pull up a mouse and keyboard it is still progress. Hopefully the Minecraft team, who Notch no longer is directly in charge of, will see sense and finally release a Windows Store app rather that stick to a bizarre ideological stance, which did not stop them from releasing Minecraft for the iOS App store for example. Via YouTube.com ...

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