Microsoft announced the new Media Player app in a blog post today. Its icons, rounded edges, and overall layout are all compatible with Windows 11 which is now being tested by Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
The revised Media Player app will handle both audio and video, and it will have a new look that is more in line with the UI enhancements in Windows 11.
You may browse and play music in the app, as well as build and manage playlists. When in full-screen mode and in the tiny player window, it displays album art and artist graphics.
“At the heart of Media Player is a full-featured music library that allows you to quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists,” explains Dave Grochocki, a senior program manager lead for Microsoft’s Windows inbox apps team. “The update to the new Media Player will replace the Groove Music app.”
Source: The Verge
Local videos can also be browsed, managed, and watched using the Media Player. The software will automatically display content from your PC’s music and video directories, but you can also tell it to look for music and videos in other places.
“All your content in the music and video folders on your PC will appear automatically in your library, but you can also tell Media Player where to look for additional content in app settings,”Dave Grochocki
According to Tom Warren from The Verge, It’s obvious that this Media Player app is meant to take the role of the traditional Windows Media Player software, which is still available in Windows 11. This legacy program will remain available in Windows Tools, according to Microsoft, but it appears that the new Media Player for Windows 11 will soon be the primary way to watch video and listen to music on the operating system.
Microsoft is starting to test the new Media Player app with Windows 11 Dev Channel testers today, but the company hasn’t said when the software will be available to all Windows 11 users.