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Minecraft: Java Edition (originally referred to as PC Edition) is the original platform of Minecraft, developed by Mojang AB and available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Notch began development on May 10, 2009, and the game was publicly released on May 17, 2009. It was fully released at MineCon 2011 on November 18, 2011.
Unlike other editions, the Java Edition of the game is sold by Mojang directly, so Mojang can roll out Java Edition updates with no delay and add features that they are not allowed to add to the other editions.
The edition has its own launcher. Logging in with a Mojang account is required to play the game. Along with the latest versions and latest snapshots, most past versions of Java Edition are available through the launcher. It allows for separate profiles which are useful for mods, development versions, and old versions.
Only the Java Edition has official software for players to host their own servers. Java Edition's code is more easily modified than the other editions, and so it has by far the most robust scenes for mods and custom servers. Realms for Java Edition is a separate service from Realms for Bedrock Edition.
Unlike Bedrock Edition, which is not available for computers without Windows 10, Java Edition supports a variety of operating systems including MacOS, Linux, and Windows.