From Windows 9 leaks and the first 'Windows phone', to microwaved iPhones and sabotaged washing machines, we take a look back at highlights from this week's top tech news on Neowin.
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This week, Microsoft announced that they had purchased the studio behind Minecraft and today, Phil Spencer has said that they will bring the popular game to Windows Phone.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's former CEO, has offered his congratulations on the purchase of Minecraft, but his statement on the dividend seems to suggest that the company may have been considering more.
Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of "Minecraft," has penned a post on his blog saying the decision to sell his studio to Microsoft wasn't about the money, but about keeping his sanity.
The rumors were true - Microsoft has announced this morning that the company is going to be buying the studio that makes the popular cross-platform game, Minecraft.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to announce its $2.5 billion deal to buy out Mojang, maker of Minecraft, on Monday. The deal is said, in part, to be aimed at bringing the game to Windows Phone.
A new report claims that Microsoft is in "serious talks" to buy Mojang, the Swedish company responsible for the massively popular online game Minecraft, for over $2 billion.
'Minecraft' will be available to download on Xbox One this Friday, and those who bought the Xbox 360 version can get it for just $4.00, while those who didn't get that version will pay $19.99.
Notch, the creator of Minecraft, has released a new game called Cliffhorse which he developed within hours and is accepting payments in Dogecoin, though the game can be downloaded for free.
Microsoft has announced the latest add-on pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, to be released Wednesday, will bring a number of Halo characters, textures and locations to the popular sandbox game
Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released in August for $19.99 and owners of the Xbox 360 version of the game can buy the Xbox One port for just $4.99.
A 1:1 replica of Denmark has been attacked by American gamers. The server which features exact data on the country has attracted over 19,000 users to check out the unique build, and can be downloaded.
Minecraft creator Markus Persson has posted word via Twitter than he has canceled talks to port the popular game to the Oculus Rift VR device, due to the company's upcoming acquistion by Facebook.
The hit game Minecraft - which allows users to build virtually anything in a blocky digital world - looks set to become a blockbuster movie, as Warner Bros acquires the rights to turn it into a film.
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft has reached the 10 million sales mark. Meanwhile, Sony will release a long-awaited PS3 version of the game Tuesday.
Minecraft developer Mojang has announced that their next game, the collectible card title Scrolls, will be released via an open beta on June 3rd for the price of $20 in the US.
Markus 'Notch' Persson, the man behind Minecraft and the upcoming 0x10c, has released a new, minimalistic game called 'Drop'. Players must quickly type words from jumbled letter to pass.
Xbox 360 owners were unable to sign into their Xbox Live accounts for several hours Saturday and Microsoft is still trying to fix problems with the Xbox 360's Last.fm app and Minecraft game saves.
Microsoft will delay the planned retail disc release of the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft from April 30th to June 4th in order to add some new but unnamed content.
Downloadable sales of the hit sandbox game Minecraft have now exceeded the 10 million mark after first launching in 2009, with over 11,000 people buying the game in just the last 24 hours.
Our Minecraft world has grown over the past few months and it's time to take a look back at the world, our hosting partner and dig a bit into how the game reflects real life scenarios.
Microsoft has announced it will publish an Xbox 360 retail disc version of the popular downloadable sandbox game Minecraft for $19.99, starting on April 30th in the US.
Did you join our Minecraft server and build something awesome? If you did, tonight is the night to show off your goods with pride as we will be taking some screenshots and possibly video of our world.
A new report claims that revenues from sales of Xbox Live Arcade games reached $290 million in 2012, double the number in 2011, and Minecraft was by far the most downloaded game.
A developer has released a new game for Windows 8 called Blockworld that is an obvious "homage" of the popular Minecraft sandbox game that its creator won't release specifically for Windows 8.
Are you seeking an adventure, or just simply miss the days building creations out of blocks? If so, you're in luck as Neowin now has its own Minecraft server and we want you to come build with us.
2 Player Productions, the creators of the new documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, have already uploaded the file to The Pirate Bay website in hopes of getting software pirates to pay for it.
Mojang has announced it will release a version of its hit sandbox game Minecraft that's been coded to work with the $35 Raspberry Pi PC, which will be free to download.
Ubisoft has released an official mod for the hit sandbox game Minecraft that's designed to be a promotion for the upcoming first person shooter Far Cry 3.
Known Microsoft expert Rafael Rivera investigated the Minecraft/Notch situation, found it wasn't forced into being a Windows Store App, and that it could be certified after no time at all
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson shouldn't be a hypocrite about Windows 8 and his "open platform" views on PC gaming when Minecraft ports for the iOS and Xbox 360 are out and selling well.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has fired another salvo at Windows 8, saying he won't certify "Minecraft" for the platform and hopes consumers won't adopt the new operating system.
Newly revealed financial information reveals that Mojang generated a profit of 7.2 million euros in 2011 and could get over double that amount in 2012, thanks to the success of Minecraft.
Markus "Notch" Perrson has become the latest high profile PC game creator to voice his thoughts about Windows 8, saying that it could be "very, very bad for Indie games."
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson still doesn't want to sell the hit sandbox game via Steam, saying he is worried about one major distributor taking control of much of the PC game market.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has revealed that the sandbox game is being sued for alledged patent infringement violations but vows to fight the charges.
Developer Mojang has announced that the 1.3 version of Minecraft will be released on August 1st. It will include merging the single and multiplayer code into one.
Mojang has announced that it will begin the closed alpha test of its upcoming collectable card RPG game Scrolls very soon. The game's official website has also been relaunched.
People who bought the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft who owned an SD television will be eligible for a refund due to the lack of information about needing an HDTV to play split-screen mulitplayer.
Microsoft has confirmed that in less than a week after its release, the Xbox 360 port of Mojang's hit sandbox game Minecraft has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
The first day of sales for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft have been "very, very good" according to Minecraft's creator. However, a limitation in the game's split-screen mode has people upset.
Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of the hit indie PC game Minecraft, has slammed big publisher Electronic Arts for offering six EA games as an "Indie Bundle", saying EA is "destroying" gaming.
Microsoft has announced that it will release the Xbox 360 version of the hit PC sandbox game Minecraft via Xbox Live Arcade on May 9th for 1600 Microsoft points.
Minecraft developer Mojang has settled its lawsuit with Bethesda Softworks. The settlement will allow Mojang to keep using the name Scrolls as the title for its next major game release.
A number of major web sites and even some PC games are scheduled to shut down briefly on January 18 to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US Congress.
Google has announced that the Android Market has reached the 10 billion app download mark. To celebrate it has put a number of apps on sale today for 10 cent each, including Minecraft.
The weekend's gaming news round up includes a teaser for a new PS3 exclusive game, the creator of Minecraft leaving its development to others and word that a big game developer is hit with layoffs.
The popular PC sandbox game Minecraft is finally available in its 1.0 version two years after its first public release. The upcoming Xbox 360 port also received its first gameplay trailer today.
The hit sandbox game Minecraft finally reaches the iOS platform on Thursday in the US as the game will be available for both the iPhone and iPad for $10 after its PC and Android debut.
Today's gaming news round-up includes word about Minecraft's (still) upcoming mod tools, a big clan update planned for Brink, a new spectator mode for Gears of War 3 and more.