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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Windows Media Player 11 for XP release details

Microsoft is planning a Public Preview Beta of Windows Media Player 11 for XP on Wednesday, May 17th. Users will be able to download the beta here (anyone will be able to get it): http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi...ia/default.mspxThe final RTM release is scheduled for late June 06 (I will try this week to get a date).Here is a list of features that will and will not be in the XP version: Features in WMP 11 for XP (June 06): * New UI* Support for better synchronization for portable devices * Album “stacks” of album art* Indexed libraries with search-as-you-type features * User controlled downgrade of quality for DRM content to allow for smaller files * DRM content will contain metadata that shows what the user is allowed to do with the file * Includes Microsoft and MTV’s Urge music store Features in WMP 11 for Vista (Early 07): * Everything that is in the WMP 11 for XP * Playing content (including DRM) on your PC from another PC or device * Viewing content from the Vista Media library on other PCs or digital devices, such as Tivo * Playback of High Value video content * Shell integration with Windows Media Player * Content Indexer change notification to sync My Music and WMP library * DVD Fullscreen playback enhancements * DRM Transcode * High quality video streaming over home networks* Media foundation for playback

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