Microsoft Updates Windows Media Player for Macs
Microsoft updates Media Player to match Panther's look-and-feel and to playback from within multiple browsers.Microsoft Corp., about two weeks after Apple Computer Inc. released the Panther release of its Mac OS X, quietly unveiled a new version of its Windows Media Player for Mac users. Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X, made available for download in English on Friday, includes an updated user interface to match the brushed-steel look of the Mac OS X 10.3 release, Microsoft confirmed on Monday. The latest Windows Media version also provides new Web browser plug-in support. Not only does it support Microsofts Internet Explorer but it also has plug-ins for Apples Safari browser and the Netscape browser so that Windows Media files can be played back from within the browser, the company said.
Microsofts continued Mac support for Windows Media contrasts sharply with its approach to development of a Web browser for the platform. After Apple launched its own Safari browser in January 2003 and then included it with Mac OS X, Microsoft in June said it plans to end development of new Mac versions of its market leading Internet Explorer browser.