The current version of Windows Media Player has been around for more than a decade. SOh after all these years, Microsoft is finally releasing a new application designed to handle daily media playback in Windows 11.
In the new blog postMicrosoft has announced that it has begun distributing the counter-recorded “Media Player for Windows “ For insiders using the Dev Channel version of Windows 11. Although their names are similar, it’s important to note that Media Player for Windows is a brand new application designed to replace both Windows Media Player and Groove Music Player, the latter being on its way out years later. Microsoft discontinued Groove Music in 2017.
Similar to Microsoft the latest update to Photos in Windows 11, Microsoft’s goal with Media Player is to create a simple, multi-purpose media player for both music and video with an updated interface that responds better Windows 11 cleaner, modern design.
Microsoft says Media Player includes a full-featured music library for browsing music and creating playlists, and will automatically transfer your library and playlist from Groove Music, which will be replaced. Microsoft has also added support for the mini player as well as playback that supports album artwork in both full and mini views.
And just like the new Pictures app, Media Player includes a fresh visual design with clearer edges, improved keyboard shortcuts, and more features optimized to improve usability.
As for processing video content, Media Player also searches your system for clips in your music and video folders, but you can always set the app to search for content hidden elsewhere on your computer.
However, before moving to the new Media Player, Microsoft has identified a number of currently known issues, including a bug that prevents Media Player from streaming video from websites, some issues editing the album metadata, and possible display errors in highlighted words. characters and some UI elements that do not fit correctly in the Windows 11 theme you want. So if you’re not ready to deal with some early growth pains, you’ll probably want to wait until Microsoft pushes new media player for stable build of Windows 11.
Alternatively, if you just can’t let Windows Media Player go, the good news is that it won’t be completely removed from Windows 11, but will be moved to an old application that you can use in Windows tools.
For an application that dates back to Windows 3.0, Windows Media Player has played in an incredible way, but its time has finally come to an end (mostly).