Looks like the new Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP is close to be released - at least as a public Beta. At least that's what "ethanwa" said over at TheHotfix.net has posted.
In addition to my previous posting, what Windows Media 11 is expected to provide for Windows Mobile users, he has posted a full feature list of what Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP and Vista is expected to provide.
According to him, this info was obtained from a Microsoft employee and Microsoft is planning a public Beta of Windows Media Player 11 for XP on Wednesday, May 17th. Users will be able to download the beta from the Windows Media site and the final RTM release is scheduled for late June 06.
Here is a list of features that will and will not be in the XP version and I have underlined the possibly Windows Mobile related features:
Features in Windows Media Player 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 MTVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Urge music store
Features in Windows Media Player 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 (Orb-like functionality which possibly works for Windows Mobile devices also?)
- Viewing content from the Vista Media library on other PCs or digital devices, such as Tivo (Orb-like functionality which possibly works for Windows Mobile devices also?)
- 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
No word yet, if we can also expect a new Windows Media Player 11 Mobile for Windows Mobile devices or if the current Windows Media Player 10 Mobile is good enough to work with the new Windows Media Player 11 features (like playback of DRM-protected but downgraded media files). If there is a mobile version, I hope Microsoft is releasing it as "stand-alone" update without the needs to wait for another AKU from the ODMs.
Cheers ~ Arne