I've purchased the Pocket edition for my son to play on his tablet then found all sorts of articles saying that purchasing it entitles one also to get the Windows version but can't figure out how .

Please advise

  • It costs the same for Minecraft Java Edition as it does for Minecraft: Windows 10 edition, but if you buy the Java Edition Microsoft gives you a code for getting the Windows 10 Edition for free. If you have the Java Edition already you should have a code that can be used for the Windows 10 Edition (unless you already used it). – MasterOfTheTiger Sep 8 '17 at 21:42

According to Mojang Support, only players that have purchased the Java edition of the game before October 19th 2018 can get the Windows 10 edition for free:

Players who have purchased Minecraft: Java Edition before October 19th, 2018 can get Minecraft for Windows 10 for free by visiting their Mojang account. Log into account.mojang.com, and under the “My Games” heading you will find a button to claim your gift code. If you purchased Minecraft: Java Edition after October 19th, 2018, the button will not be there...

As far as I know, there is only one official way to get the game, and that is through the Windows/Microsoft store. Unless it goes on sale, I don't think there is anyway to get it cheaper.

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    That being said, I think in the near future, a big update is planned for PE, Consoles, and the Windows 10 edition, which is suppose to add cross platform play between consoles (that is the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch), PE, and Windows 10 editions. There may be some sort of special for when this happens - so it may be worth holding out. – Timmy Jim Sep 1 '17 at 11:25
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    On a semi-related note: Even if you own the Pocket Edition for Windows Phone, you still need to buy the Windows 10 Edition at full price. Also, the Windows 10 Edition only works on PC, not Windows 10 Mobile, so people who want the game on phone and PC have no other choice than to buy the game twice, regardless of platform. – Nolonar Sep 1 '17 at 11:47

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