Minecraft: Education Edition Comes to Chromebook

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Chromebook, Chrome OS with 4 Comments

Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Education Edition is now generally available for users on Chromebook.

“The Chromebook update for Minecraft: Education Edition includes 11 new STEM lessons with a special Minecraft world to introduce students to honeybees and pollination,” Microsoft told me. “This is available for all users on Chromebook, Windows, Mac, and iPad devices to support remote and hybrid learning for back-to-school.”

If you were using the preview version of Minecraft: Education Edition for Chromebook, you will be automatically upgraded to the non-preview version, Microsoft says. The Chromebook version of Minecraft: Education Edition offers the same set of features as other versions, including cross-platform multiplayer. For those that wish to deploy Minecraft: Education Edition to a fleet of managed Chrome devices, Microsoft provides a handy Chromebook deployment guide.

Those with a Microsoft 365 for Education (A3 or A5) subscription automatically gain access to Minecraft: Education Edition for Chromebook. But educational institutions can otherwise purchase subscriptions through the Microsoft Store for Education, via volume licensing agreements, and through partner resellers.

Educators who want to know more about Minecraft: Education Edition will find online training, starter lessons, and onboarding resources at the Microsoft Education website.

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4 responses to “Minecraft: Education Edition Comes to Chromebook”

  1. genecrispr

    I still don't quite understand why this is ONLY available through educational institutions. i've tried my kids school accounts in Minecraft for Education and been told that 365 for Education is needed, so our school district isn't on the right plan. I would have no problem paying the same $30 for Minecraft for Education as I did for Minecraft so I could offer it to my kiddos, but it just isn't an option.

    • davehelps

      In reply to GeneCrispr:

      I’ll take a guess: Microsoft would like to have your $30. But what they really want is for you to convince your school board to get Microsoft 365 for every student and teacher, rather than G Suite.

      That gets them service revenues today, and helps to ensure that the next generation grow up thinking in terms of Word/Excel/PowerPoint.

  2. IanYates82

    I thought it was free to anyone with a "edu" email address... I guess not

    The little coding robot in there makes for a good learning environment. I've seen kids learn a *lot* about efficient use of a device too through minecraft education. It's a good thing for them

    Smart of MS to find the repeat of their 90s "get the young ones used to us early" software so Microsoft is at least in the thought process when the next generation grows up and begins to make purchasing decisions for themselves and business.