Amongst other things, the updated version has a new home page, enhanced blocks and floating point support.
All existing programs will continue to work in the updated editor, but if you would like more details about the changes, we’ve compiled this knowledge base article, and there’s more on the Microsoft blog.
As well as floating point, you will find:
The home page makes it easy to access recent projects, as well as the built-in tutorials with step-by-step instructions. If you are used to going straight to the editor, you can still do this at: https://makecode.microbit.org/#editor
The look-and-feel of the blocks have been updated to make programming easier on touch-enabled devices and to be more consistent with other block programming editors. Specific improvements include using shapes to distinguish data types, such as hexagons for Boolean values, and simplifying the customization of if-then-else statements.
If you currently run MakeCode locally from source make sure to update your local branches and switch to ‘v1’ for the branch that v1 release work has been done on.
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