Windows Media Player 11 Hits the Street

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-10-30 Print this article Print

Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP, which brings a new user interface, greater online store integration and improved navigation for larger music libraries. (Microsoft Watch)

Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP, which brings a new user interface, greater online store integration and improved navigation for larger music libraries. Microsoft is hoping that releasing Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 11 to current Windows XP users will encourage those users to get familiar with the programs, which will be even more robust in Windows Vista, due for consumer release in January 2007.
The new player can be downloaded here.
Media Player 11 is also integrated with MTV Networks URGE music service, giving consumers access to the URGE catalog of more than 110,000 artists and 2 million songs. More than 200 portable and home networking devices worldwide will work with Windows Media Player 11, while hundreds of online music and video services and radio stations worldwide are designed to work with the new player. Microsoft is touting the following as key features of Windows Media Player 11: • A visually driven experience using thumbnail and album art, with customization capabilities for a more personalized interaction. • Improved device experience with new shuffle sync and reverse sync options, device exploration using the library view, and help icons that ensure syncing and burning of rights-managed content. • Simplified navigation capabilities, enhanced shortcut options, and dedicated category views for all media types, including music, photos and video. Read the full story on Microsoft Watch: Windows Media Player 11 Hits The Street Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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