Along with a post which announced InTune for Education and cheap Windows 10 PCs, Microsoft today also announced a new update for Minecraft Education Edition. The company revealed that since the launch of Minecraft Education Edition, over 75,000 students and educators from more than 100 countries have used the game, and how a new update will bring long-requested features to the Minecraft Education community.
The announcement, which was written by Yusuf Mehdi, the Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, details that more teacher features will be heading to Minecraft Education Edition. Some of these features include a Global Pause, and an updated user interface. Mehdi explains:
Today, we’re excited to launch the latest Minecraft: Education Edition update, offering a number of new features requested by our community, including Global Pause to take a quick break to transition to a new activity, accessibility features like text to speech for in-game chat, an updated user interface for managing in game settings, 256 world height for greater building capabilities, complete gameplay from the first night to The End dimension, and new “Minecraft mobs” and items including igloos and Polar Bears in snowy biomes. Minecraft: Education Edition is available at education.minecraft.net.
Mehdi also detailed that the Minecraft Mentor program will expand to include 60 Global Minecraft Mentors representing 18 countries around the world. As part of this, and as an easier way for Education users to upload and share Minecraft worlds, Mehdi also announced that .mcworld files are now natively supported on the Microsoft docs.com platform.
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