Let not a single person speak badly of the people at Microsoft who signed the deal to acquire Mojang this year. Though they’ve agreed to pay $2.5 billion dollars for the developer group and the game Minecraft, they "expect the acquisition to be a break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis."
It’s all true - Microsoft has acquired Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. According to Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Owen Hill, "The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving." They go on to note that "We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool."
Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang, bringing the team behind the massively popular franchise into Microsoft Studios, and taking over the reins at the game. The deal, which is expected to close in late 2014, is worth a whopping $2.5bn, Microsoft said today; however, those players worried about what this could mean for their favorite block-building game shouldn't worry, it seems.
When Microsoft snapped up Nokia, we all knew things would be changing. The original darling of the mobile phone world had long been pandering to Windows Phone, eschewing better avenues like Android. While the purchase sealed Nokia’s fate as an actual Windows brand, a new report suggests it may now be branded as Windows rather than Nokia.
You may have not heard of Mojang AB, but you’ve likely heard of their cornerstone product Minecraft. The Swedish Development house behind the super-simple game are reportedly in late stage acquisition discussions with Microsoft. The deal is said to be valued at roughly $2 billion.
No, this isn't Cortana in an office suit. It isn't even voice-controlled. But somewhat like Google Now, Delve will also surface relevant and timely content for users, but one that has been dug out from users' emails, documents, and cloud storage. No more searching for contacts and files that you need for a hot project you are working on. Delve will put those front and center to greet you when and where you need it.
Microsoft has gone to great lengths to ensure that sports fans are plastered with impressions of its hardware -- the Surface has a strong presence this season, and that presence is hinged upon a hefty sum of money the company is shelling out to get its slate in the limelight. The problem? Getting the announcers to remember what it is called.
If you live in China, you may already know about Microsoft’s "other" artificial intelligence. Cortana lives in the United States and is spreading across the world - but we’re not talking about Cortana. We’re talking about XiaoIce - aka "Little Ice."
The change is now! Microsoft has begun changing the names of Nokia apps in their Lumia smartphones to ones more suitable for their slightly less Nokia-branded universe. While we don’t expect a press release on the subject, we will see a whole lot more Microsoft before the week is through.