Microsoft’s most awaited game Minecraft: education edition is available for schools in beta version now. Microsoft first announced the release of Minecraft: education edition in January this year. Now, Microsoft has launched a beta version of the game that’s available for more than 100 schools in 30 countries.
Teachers can access the game for free till September 2016. After September, the game will be available for $1 to $5 per student per year.
This is not the complete version of the game; it is a beta version of the game. It is launched for the purpose of letting teachers test the game with their students. The changings will be made according to the teacher’s feedback regarding the game. Minecraft: education edition will help teachers to taught their student's different subjects. Minecraft: education edition can run only on systems that are equipped with Windows 10 or Mac OS X El Capitan and requires a free office 360 account.
Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition is similar to the standard version, but it includes some additional features regarding classrooms. Minecraft: education edition comes with camera features such as students can take screenshots of their work and the portfolio feature allows students to document their work. The game comes with a built-in “tutorial world” that guides players regarding how to play the game. However, this is not it; Minecraft’s biggest feature is not added in the beta version. This feature is called Classroom Mode. This feature enables teachers to control resources that are to be allocated to students. It will also help teachers to see everyone on the map. Teachers can send chat messages to the students and can also teleport people to specific places.
Microsoft has positioned Minecraft as a very profitable product or service that is aimed at the education sector. Microsoft recently stated that they have sold more than 100 million copies of Minecraft, which makes it the second most popular game after Tetris. Microsoft is investing heavily in the gaming sector because it is a very profitable industry.
Microsoft’s interest in gaming started when it acquired Mojang, the Swedish maker of the game Minecraft. According to some reliable sources, Microsoft bought Mojang for $2.5 billion. After acquiring Mojang in 2014, Microsoft acquired MinecraftEdu tool as a follow up from Teacher Gaming LLC. The price at which Microsoft acquired MinecraftEdu learning tool was not disclosed.
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