Minecraft is a big hit with my family. My kids and I play together on the Pocket edition creating all sorts of buildings. It keeps us entertained for hours, and hours. It’s the one game I don’t mind the kids spending all that time ((Why parents love Minecraft - The Verge)) as I see it no different to the hours I spent playing with Lego as a child.
Microsoft buying Minecraft for $2.5 billion might seem like a strange deal to some but let’s face it who would have the capital to buy the 3rd biggest game ((Best selling games across all platforms - Wikipedia)) of all time and further build it. More importantly the new Microsoft are starting to embrace the benefits of going multi-platform with Office applications for iPad (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and the soon to be released Office for Android suite. I’m not worried that they will make it a Windows Phone or Xbox exclusive, there is too much money to turn down.
I’m excited to see where Microsoft can take Minecraft into the future with their cloud services ((Xbox Live Compute and Azure)) expertise.