In a statement released by Mojang's Vu Bui, Minecon's relative date and location have been confirmed, but not when many might have expected it:
Quote from Vu Bui
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about MINECON lately, because before this time last year everyone knew the date and location and ticket info for MINECON 2013. While we don’t have a set date for the next MINECON just yet, I wanted to let everyone know that it won’t be until some time in 2015. I’m shooting to have it in the spring in London!
While we’d love to do MINECON every year and it’s the only event we do as a company, we want to make sure we can give it the attention it needs, and that means that springtime next year will work best!
As soon as I have confirmed information it’ll be out there. We always announce as soon as we confirm with the venue and have a signed contract, but never before, because we want to make sure we can follow through with the event and we never want people to start planning to attend something that might not happen. So watch out for information in the coming months!
1.8 on the Horizon
As revealed by Searge, all of 1.8's features have already been included in the previous snapshots, and all updates going forward will be bug-fixes/improvements! Ideally, the pre-released 1.8 will be a complete, fully working 1.8 version, with no need for fixes or improvements. We can expect a pre-release as early as tomorrow, so be sure to check in!