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After spending months in preview, Microsoft has finally rolled out Minecraft: Education Edition. The learning-focused version of the all-conquering game is now available for purchase. Microsoft and Minecraft developer Mojang have been tweaking the service since it was announced earlier in the year.

Minecraft: Education Edition has debuted in 50 countries around the world and is available in 11 languages. The service has been in beta since the summer, and widens Microsoft’s plans for Minecraft.

The company purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion three years ago. Since then Microsoft has viewed Minecraft as more than just a game. Sure, as a game it has sold over 100 million units and still sells extremely well. However, Microsoft thinks Minecraft can help change the way we live our lives.

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Minecraft: Education Edition is evidence of that ambition.  The service gives schools and educators a customized version of the game. Minecraft can be used to expand creative work and also encourage collaboration and teamwork.

Full Release

With the full version now hitting the market, customers can use the features we have previously discussed. This includes Classroom Mode, a companion app that allows admins to control an environment and communicate with students. This includes being able to share items and help in projects. All students and teachers can interact in the same map. Educators will see which students are in the class and have a dashboard to manage the game.

Other features of Education Edition include Geometry World, which is geared towards students between the ages of 9 and 12. The feature allows children and educators to use the Minecraft environment to understand shapes and concepts.

As announced last month, Minecraft: Education Edition costs $5 per year.

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