The following is a repost from the Windows Blog, and looks ahead to the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft.
Educators in the UK (and all over the world) as fast realising the benefits of bringing Minecraft into their classrooms, and we’ve be hearing plenty of stories from our MIEE network and the wider education community about how they have been using this creative medium to engage their students, often with the children themselves leading the learning.
With Windows 10 just around the corner, we’re all hugely excited about the next steps for Minecraft!
Announcing: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
July 4, 2015 by The Windows Team
Last week, at Minecon 2015 it was announced that Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is coming. It will be available for download in the Windows 10 Store beginning July 29, the same day Windows 10 first becomes available for PCs and tablets.
Players who already have the PC edition of Minecraft will be able to download the Windows 10 beta version free. Others can download Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition at a discounted price of $10 throughout the beta period. Players who download Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition during the beta phase will still have the game when it comes out of beta, and receive all future updates to the game at no additional cost.
Some highlights of what players will enjoy in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta:
Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.
Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.
Support for multiple inputs – switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort
Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.
Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with built-in player feedback mechanisms
Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you’ve come to expect from Minecraft
Like the first release of Minecraft all those years ago, this version will develop and evolve over time with the help of player’s feedback. That’s why it has “Beta” in the title – because it’s not quite finished, and will become even more fun over time. Just like the other versions of Minecraft, all future updates will be free.
This news was written and shared on Xbox Wire’s in a post by Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang.