Thank you for your interest in the Learn to Code Beta! We're excited to get your feedback on our new platform availability and features before we release them to the general public.
Who can participate?
Any user with an Office 365 Education account can participate in the beta. Visit the Minecraft: Education Edition Get Started page see if you are eligible or to start the process to get an Office 365 Education account.
We have beta versions for all Minecraft: Education Edition platforms, including Windows, MacOS, iPad and Chromebook!
Why are we releasing a beta?
Before we roll out new features and functionality to classrooms around the world, we need your help to ensure that everything is working as expected. We hope you and your students will try out the beta to help us uncover any issues so we can fix them before the official launch.
What should I know before joining the beta program?
Beta builds may have some instabilities. The FAQ will have a list of known issues, however you may be the first to discover a new one!
If you are downloading the Beta on Windows, please uninstall the current version completely before installing the new beta version. Also, you must export your worlds before you uninstall or they will be deleted.
Multiplayer will work across devices and platforms, but all players must be running the beta to play in the same worlds. Note that multiplayer is optimized for use in the classroom with all players on the same network. Review the How to Setup a Multiplayer Game at Home article for information about connecting from a home network.
Worlds opened in the beta cannot be reopened on previous versions of Minecraft: Education Edition. We recommend that you always backup worlds before opening them in the beta.
- You will need to have https://*.minecrafteduservices.com allowed on your network. If that domain is not allowed it will not be possible to sign into Minecraft: Education Edition after this update. You can remove https://meeservices.azurewebsites.net/ from your allow list as it is no longer used
What’s in the beta?
Notebook-style Coding interface
A new coding interface (IDE) that uses python in a notebook-style interface which alternates between instructions and opportunities to write code.
New lessons in our Coding FUNdamentals series, Coding FUNdamentals: 3. Travel through time, from the pre-historic era to the far-away future! See dinosaurs, Roman aqueducts, and the Wild West while you learn how to use variables, events, conditionals, and functions.
Mac and iPad users can now share or assign Library lessons via Google Classroom or email. Windows and Chromebook users can continue to share or assign Library lessons via Teams, Google Classroom, or Mail.
Code Builder Changes
New, relocated menus provide more space for coding and the menu options more understandable.
The Choose your Editor screen has been reordered to: MakeCode, Notebooks, Tynker.
Home and Reset Editor buttons have been added to the Code Builder menu.
URL Allow List updates
All authentication is now done using https://*.minecrafteduservices.com. If that domain isn’t allowed sign into Minecraft: Education Edition will fail updating.
You can remove https://meeservices.azurewebsites.net/ from your allow list as it is no longer used.
This release also includes various fixes to address known issues and help improve usability and stability of the game.
How do I join the beta?
How will I get the general release after the beta?
- Chromebook, iOS and Windows users will be automatically upgraded to the general release as long as automatic updates are configured by their organization.
- MacOS users will need to install the next retail release manually once it's available.
We hope you enjoy the beta!