After a new version was first announced back in January of this year Microsoft is now gearing up to launch the Minecraft Education Edition after developing new features and partnering with educators, students and administrators to get feedback on their priorities.
The new version of the Minecraft Education Edition will be available in June 2016 with an early access program for educators to download, try for free and provide feedback to Microsoft enabling them to make final tweaks before it rolls out officially.
Minecraft: Education Edition early access will be available in 11 languages and 41 countriesAnd will support systems running Windows 10 or OS X El Capitan. Microsoft explains more
In addition, the existing Minecraft educator community members have been great partners in helping us prioritize the most valuable features of MinecraftEdu, and what else they’d like to see in Minecraft: Education Edition. As we get closer to launch, we are increasing our focus on getting deep insights and feedback from educators.
In May, we will host a Beta program with over 100 schools from 30 countries around the world to experience Minecraft: Education Edition, share more detailed feedback on the product with us, and help us fine-tune the experience across a diverse set of learning environments. During the summer months, we are also going to be focused on working with educators on building out lesson plans, sharing learning activity ideas, and creating re-usable projects.
At the conclusion of our early access program, Minecraft: Education Edition user licenses will be available for purchase through direct and volume licensing channels. The first release of Minecraft: Education Edition will run on the latest versions of Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan.
For more information on the new Minecraft Education Edition jump over to the official website for details following the link below.