Minecraft was just updated to version 1.9 today and wow is it ever a major, major update. Mojang is calling it the "Combat Update" but it includes far more than just significant updates to the combat. It also includes a glider, a new mob, more things to do in The End, new plants, new blocks, enchanted arrows, and more.

The general overview changelog is below. The full 1.9 changelog is really long and there's no way in hell I'm about to paste that short novel length thing over here and/or try to format it for this site.