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Microsoft has announced a partnership with Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, that will teach kids the basics of programming using Minecraft. Microsoft bought Mojang, the Swedish developers behind the game, for $2.5 billion last year.
“A core part of our mission to empower every person on the planet is equipping youth with computational thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in an increasingly digital world,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO. “With ‘Minecraft’ and Code.org, we aim to spark creativity in the next generation of innovators in a way that is natural, collaborative and fun.”