1.8 (also referred to as the Bountiful Update), was a major update to Minecraft: Java Edition, released on September 2, 2014. It added many map-making and survival mode features.

Java Edition version history
1.71.81.9

Additions

Changes

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  • Chiseled and Cracked Stone Bricks, Mossy Cobblestone, and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Beacon light beams now change color when going through stained glass/stained glass panes
  • Doors stack to 64, and give three instead of one when crafted
  • Furnaces now rewind at 2 times speed when they run out of fuel
  • Buttons can be placed on the ceiling and on the ground
  • Daylight sensors can now be inverted by right clicking
  • Mob heads are available in Survival
  • Monster Spawners can be right clicked with a spawn egg in hand to change what it produces
  • Updated mob AI for all mobs
  • Removed AI for Giants and Humans
  • Iron Golems no longer attack the player while in Creative Mode
  • Tamed Ocelots and Tamed Wolves display a death message in chat if they were named with a name tag
  • Arrows behave differently underwater, losing all velocity after a few blocks and slowly fall
  • Enchanting now costs Lapis Lazuli
  • Added new default skin with slim arms: Alex

Subsequent updates

1.8.1

Released on November 24, 2014, this update adds the doEntityDrops gamerule, adds proper color display support for new blocks on maps, and changes a few things including but not limited to:

1.8.2

Released on February 19, 2015, this update adds 2 new Splash Texts, a frame-time graph to the Debug Screen, and many new statistics.

1.8.3

Released on February 20, 2015, this update fixed 11 issues - including a bug in 1.8.2 that caused a crash on world load.

1.8.4

Released on April 17, 2015, this update mostly fixed bugs, tweaked Spectator Mode and loading Head skins from Mojang servers.

1.8.5

Released on May 22, 2015, this update mostly fixed bugs, added one splash text, and removed splash texts related to Markus Persson.

1.8.6

Released on May 25, 2015, this update fixed one bug.

1.8.7

Released on June 5, 2015, this update fixed ten issues.

1.8.8

Released on July 27, 2015, this update fixed 38 issues. It also changed banners so that only up to sixteen layers are rendered. A new minigame was added to Realms as well.

1.8.9

Released on December 9, 2015, this update fixed thirteen issues, added a toggle to Realms notifications as well as optimized Realms.

Trivia

  • This version had the longest wait for a major update to Minecraft at the time, since 1.7 was released on October 25, 2013.
    • 1.3.1 had the previous longest development version, with a release on August 1, 2012, 153 days after the release of 1.2.1.


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