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MULTIMEDIA: Windows Media Player 11 to be released for Windows XP too
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 19.04.06 - 18:18:19 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13479x
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In June, Microsoft has revealed, it will release a Windows XP version of Windows Media Player 11 too - which was first intend to be released for Windows Vista only. Microsoft also confirmed that the Windows Media Player release for Windows XP will not contain all of the features that will be included in the Windows Vista version but hasn't said yet what will and will not be included in the June version.
Nevertheless, Windows Media Player 11 could become interesting for Windows Mobile users also because of the better synchronization for portable devices, Windows Media Player 11 promises to provide.

Users will be able to sync their portable device with multiple PCs using Windows Media Player 11. Beside that, Windows Media Player 11 will allow reverse-synchronization so that digital media can be transferred to and from PCs using portable devices - a perfect scenario for moving photos from a Windows Mobile Smartphone since this platform still hasn't has file synchronization, as the Pocket PC platform has.

Another interesting feature for Windows Mobile device users will be how Windows Media Player 11 handles protected contents. Even if a music file contains DRM, users will be able to downgrade its quality, ultimately making the file smaller. Along similar lines, protected content will also contain metadata that shows what a user is allowed to do with a file considering that some files cannot be burned to a CD.

Again, it's not final yet which of the features above we will see for the Windows XP version also but let us keep the fingers crossed Microsoft will put these two interesting features in the XP version too.

Cheers ~ Arne

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