By MICHELLE G. PELHAMAN/Associated Press Microsoft is updating its SQL Server software to allow Minecraft servers to run on its new Java-based database.
The company also plans to offer Java-to-SQL compatibility in SQL Server, a move that will allow developers to build Java-aware SQL Server applications.
Microsoft is working with Mojang to bring Minecraft servers from Minecraft Forge to SQL Server.
Microsoft said the Java-native database will run on Windows Server and will support up to 100 concurrent connections, though it’s not clear how many SQL Server instances will run in Minecraft servers.
The Minecraft server will have a unique ID that will be associated with each Minecraft server and be accessible to any Java client.
The ID is not tied to the Minecraft server or Minecraft Forge server and can be assigned to any Minecraft server.
Mojang said it plans to add Java support to Minecraft Server in the future.
Minecraft Forge, which provides the server’s Java code, is not included with the Java 8 upgrade.
Minecraft Forge has not released the Java server code, but Mojang has released an early version that includes the Java code.
Mojang said Minecraft Forge users will be able to access the JavaServer code through Mojang’s Java Server SDK.
Minecraft Server will be available in beta in the coming months.
The beta release will be limited to a limited number of users, but Microsoft said it expects to release a full Minecraft Server version in the first quarter of 2018.