Thursday, August 31, 2006

Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 released.

Microsoft released Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for Windows XP today.

Among the major changes since beta 1 include:

  • Fixing issues. Fixes have been made for issues that occurred in the first beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP.
  • Additional online stores are now available. 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.
  • Changes to sharing digital media content. 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.

See here for Release Notes for Windows Media Player 11

One item that might be of note for Media Center 2005 users is the following:

Cannot play back recorded TV that is protected with media usage rights in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 after 3 days

Recorded TV shows that are protected with media usage rights, such as some TV content recorded on premium channels, will not play back after 3 days when Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for Windows XP is installed on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. No known workaround to resolve this issue exists at this time.

For more information about installing the Player on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, see Installing the Player on Windows XP Media Center Edition.

If you are interested in trying out Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for Windows XP, it is directly available from Microsoft Downloads or through the Windows Media Player 11 website.


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1 comment:

Glenn said...

I was expecting that WMP11 was going to be a client for Windows Media Connect. I'm disappointed.