On January 19th 2016, Microsoft announced they will be acquiring MinecraftEdu from TeacherGaming. At the same time, a new educational version of the game was announced: Minecraft: Education Edition will launch this summer to schools around the world. You can read Minecraft: Education Edition FAQ here. This FAQ will address the most common questions about Minecraft: Education Editions and MinecraftEdu.
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There are no negative effects to your MinecraftEdu purchase. You will have access to the products you have paid for and in addition you will have a free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition once it is launched. Even after the release, MinecraftEdu can be used just as before as the licenses are perpetual and will never expire.
MinecraftEdu development continues normally for now. We are currently working on updating MinecraftEdu to 1.8.9 and developing the MinecraftEdu Hosting service further. We will also be adding a few new supported languages.
After the release of Education Edition, TeacherGaming will still offer the MinecraftEdu Classroom Server Hosting for existing MinecraftEdu customers, providing the 'white glove' service to our hosting customers as per usual.
Yes, MinecraftEdu will be available for purchase for now. To make the transition smooth, all existing MinecraftEdu customers are offered a free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition.
After Minecraft: Education Edition is launched, MinecraftEdu licenses will not be available any longer.
There are no drawbacks to purchasing now. You can buy MinecraftEdu and use it as long as you like. You will also receive the first year of service for the Minecraft: Education Edition for free. You can decide which is best for you later. Please note that the pricing structures will be different, so you should also decide what makes sense for your budget.
Minecraft: Education Edition is set to launch summer 2016. If you want to get started during spring term, you can purchase MinecraftEdu licenses on our website right now.
Yes. You can continue to use MinecraftEdu normally after the Education Edition is released.
MinecraftEdu Classroom Server Hosting will operate normally even after the launch of the Education Edition. Please note that there are currently no plans to include an online hosting service for Minecraft: Education Edition.
With Classroom Server Hosting, we run the server for you online and automate most common configuration tasks. Classroom Server Hosting is a flexible, cost-effective way to get your students playing together without the hassle of running your own server. Designed to work with most school networks, we provide everything you need to play in the cloud without sacrificing any of the award-winning MinecraftEdu experience.
Minecraft: Education Edition is built on the experiences we’ve had with with MinecraftEdu over the years so there will be a lot of similar features. In addition, the Education Edition will offer new, enhanced features such as student portfolio. You can read more details from the Minecraft: Education Edition FAQ.
Education Edition is still being developed and there are some features in MinecraftEdu that have not yet been announced for the Education Edition. They include
TeacherGaming will carry on with its mission to bring great games to the classroom. We continue to work on KerbalEdu which is based on the award-winning Kerbal Space Program. And we'll be making other exciting announcements about our portfolio of games soon, too! There is still so much untapped potential for using games to educate, inspire, and connect with students. We can't wait to continue the journey.