Mojang starts testing new Minecraft launcher, only for Windows and Mac

The updated Minecraft launcher has been around for a while now, offering numerous advantages over the classic launcher like multiple game profiles and auto-updating. However Mojang is taking it to the next level in 2015 with what could probably be described as the second major version of the launcher.

Today Nathan Adams, one of the major Minecraft developers if you aren't in the loop, posted about the new launcher on Reddit. Here's a snipped of the original post:
We're going to be rolling out a new launcher* soon, and I'd like to get your help getting some general testing first! Technically it's not a whole new launcher, it's just a native wrapping around what we have now. The ugly white loading screen at the start has gone, users no longer need to have Java installed (we'll maintain our own version of Java which we'll keep up to date and correct for your OS), and it should handle a whole bunch of failcases much better than before.

So in other words, Minecraft will still use Java but the game will ship with it's own copy, eliminating compatibility issues with any pre-installed copies of Java. Mac OS X is known for having this problem especially - it's common for Mac users to have both Apple's Java 6 and Oracle's Java 7/8 installed at once. Coming from a previous Mac user, it's quite a pain to manage. Adams went on to say:
We will be creating this for both Windows and OSX, but we only have the Windows one for testing right now. We hope to get the OSX one for testing very early next year, which again will remove lots of current issues OSX users have getting the game (wrong java or no java). You'll notice I haven't said linux... we may or may not make a native one for linux later, we're just not sure if they need it. We're not dropping support for linux or anything crazy like that, they will still play fine as they do now.'

Now before everyone goes all "MICROSOFT IS RUNING MINECRAFT BY REMOVING LINUX SUPPORT," remember that the percentage of Minecraft users on Windows and Mac greatly outnumbers Linux users. However, the launcher would likely benefit Linux users with it's pre-included copy - most Linux distributions are split between using Oracle's official Java and OpenJDK. And both of which are known to have minor bugs with Minecraft, mind you.

If you want to try out the launcher for yourself, you can get it at the source link below. Be warned - your computer may explode and it's only for Windows right now (and it's not clear if it will get auto-updates like the current launcher).

Source: Reddit

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smart minecrafter
December 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM delete

what do you mean by the computer exploding ?I don't want my computer to explode as it is very expensive.I don't want any burns on my body too

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Ghgore
December 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM delete

He meant as that as a figure of speech, but something could go really wrong with the game, such as locking up your PC, or corrupting filesystems. If you have an expensive PC, I wouldn't recommend it.

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Turducken
December 13, 2014 at 2:41 AM delete

Finally! I own a mac, (Macs Unite!) and I don't like having to keep up with the java. Thanks mojang.

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KalHasChicken
December 13, 2014 at 2:50 AM delete

this isn't related, but why are people (like me and TheDiamondMinecart getting exclusive scrolls capes? i don't play scrolls and today i saw TheDiamondMinecart have it in his latest vid and he was questioning it.

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xXIron_AtomXx
December 13, 2014 at 4:52 AM delete

i think he was being sarcastic... ;)

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xXIron_AtomXx
December 13, 2014 at 4:53 AM delete

mojang gave it to all minecraft players for 48 hrs to promote scrolls

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kevin2314
December 13, 2014 at 5:25 AM delete

Really openJDK is probably the worst option in playing Minecraft. It does well with programs that have a user interface created in Java, more so than a game like Minecraft, and that's some real work eliminating openJDK from distros of Linux that come prepackaged with it. It will be really neat to see this on Linux as well.

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JoshB104
December 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM delete

I love updates to anything, so the fact that the MC launcher is getting updated is GREAT NEWS TO MY EYES WOOOO

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JoshB104
December 13, 2014 at 8:41 AM delete

I think the current launcher is fine but still yeah awesome

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JoshB104
December 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM delete

I have a MC YT if anyone cares. Its The Minecraft Assassin. Only got 13 subs but then again I started 2 months ago.

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Ghgore
December 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM delete

Nah, it could cause you PC to overheat, so it was an exaggeration :P

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xXIron_AtomXx
December 14, 2014 at 1:43 AM delete

true true! *bows slightly* your right =p

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December 18, 2014 at 3:02 AM delete

I don't like the sound of it.I think I will stick to the normal launcher

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Ghgore
December 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM delete

Yeah, that's probably a good idea.

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December 19, 2014 at 1:10 AM delete

As if Microsoft would ever allow that.

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KalHasChicken
December 24, 2014 at 6:13 AM delete

yes i know now everyone got for 2 days. lol

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