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)

There Are 11 Comments

  1. Thanks for the information on this. I was meaning to download the prior beta, but forgot all about it. I am downloading it now and will try it out later.

  2. WMP 11 has even fewer options than WMP 10. I’m not impressed in the least. How can I change the double-click functionality so that instead of playing a song immediately, it queues it up at the end of the playlist? I could do that in WMP 10, but I can’t do that in WMP 11. I only downloaded WMP 11 in hope that it’d be better than MusicMatch, but it’s failed to prove to me otherwise. Microsoft needs to stop focusing on GUI updates and focus on functionality updates. If a product is pretty but doesn’t work, it’s crap. GUI is only to complement pretty workings under the hood.

  3. I think WMP is loosing functionality a long time ago. In WMP9 you could pause/start a movie by pressing space, but that is gone in WMP10. Since then I’m not using it anymore. I’m going to install the full version of WMP11 when it’s released, but as long as space doesn’t work like in any decent media player (like BS Player) I won’t use it.

  4. I pretty much only, and have only ever used WMP for windows media files. I use MusicMatch Jukebox for MP3′s and perfer to watch movie trailers in QuickTime. I never watch DVD movies on my computer. That is reserved for my Sony 50″ HDTV and surround sound through my stereo and Klipsch speaker system.

  5. I wish I had a 50″ HDTV… :|

    I do agree with everyone that some of the functionality seems to have been stripped away from WMP10 but they aren’t done with it yet. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

  6. Ryan wrote:
    I wish I had a 50″ HDTV… :|

    I bought it for myself for a christmas present last year.
    :D

    However, I am still paying back the bank for the money to get it with. 8O

    I have 644 DVD titles ([intervocative.com]) and they are much better to watch on the 50″ HDTV than on the old 27″ RCA tv I used to use.

  7. Thanks, I’ve been using the first beta for a couple of months and I really like it but there were definatley some things that needed to be fixed. I guess I’ll see if they have been or not, the download has just finished.

  8. Hey do you know if WMP 11 is still on track for final release this week??

    Last I heard it was supposed to be out on the 14th.

  9. That topic has been a little too quiet which makes me think that they are not planning for a release this week.

  10. Yeah I’m in a constant struggle to determine release dates for software… doesn’t seem like it matters that much, hell Mozilla hasn’t even released 1.5.0.7 as far as I know, so you just never know, but makes it exciting I guess!

  11. how do you download wmp 12??????????? :?: :?:

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