Windows Media Player 11 Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 and is just begging to be downloaded. If you are running Windows XP SP2 then you are able to download the new version.

Here are the things that are new according to their list of changes:

  • Fixes have been made for issues that occurred in the first beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP.
  • More online stores are available in this beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP. For a listing of online stores that are now available, see Availability of online stores.
  • The functionality of Windows Media Connect is now integrated into Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for Windows XP as the new Media Sharing feature, which lets you enjoy the contents of your Windows Media Player library from anywhere in your home. If you have a home network (wired or wireless), you can use Windows Media Player 11 to stream the contents of your library to networked devices such as Xbox 360 or other digital media receivers. For more information, go to Digital Media at Home.

I thought that the first Beta was stable enough to be the final release. WMP11 is definitely better than all of the previous versions and I am glad that they are working so hard to compete with iTunes.

Download Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 (Direct Download, a.k.a. no WGA)