Microsoft just released a new Windows Media Player plugin (Download Mirror) for Firefox that works with both Windows Vista and XP. Since this is a plugin it does require that you download a setup file…it’s not like an extension. The instructions are about as basic as it gets though:
- Installation of the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin may require administrative access to your PC. It is recommended that you close all other open browser windows before continuing with the installation.
- Click the Install button to automatically download and install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin.
- Depending on your security settings, you may see a Security Warning dialog box. Click Install to install the plugin.
The team is also careful to note a known problem:
There is a known issue if you are using Firefox version 220.127.116.11 on Windows Vista with the installer failing with error code -203. To work around this simply restart Firefox (you will get a notification that Windows Vista will be changing the Firefox compatibility settings) and then install again – the second time should succeed.
I am really glad to see Microsoft making sure their products work on other browsers as well, because then it doesn’t make them seem so monopolistic. Nick White, who writes over at the Windows Vista Team Blog, said that they really wanted to get this out sooner but they were trying to focus on Vista:
We couldn’t respond as quickly as we would have liked to (we had to get Windows Vista out the door!), but now that it’s shipped, the team has moved its attention to getting Firefox users up and running. This week we are happy to say that we have a new plug-in for Firefox that makes WMP work once again — and even better than it did before!
This will work for both 32–bit and 64–bit versions of Windows Vista and XP, but it will not work with the 64–bit version of Firefox.
On a little bit of a sidenote, I put the above logo together and thought it was kinda funny how the Firefox looks like it is pressing the play button. :)