Windows 11 is getting a new Media Player app you can test today


This new app replaces Windows Media Player and Groove Music

Microsoft has created a new Media Player app for Windows 11 and is testing the app with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel today. The redesigned Media Player app will support audio and video and includes a design that better matches Windows 11’s UI improvements.

“The Media Player has a full-featured music library that allows you to quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists,” said 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.”


The playback view in this new Media Player app includes album art or artist imagery, which will appear both in full-screen modes and the mini player option.

Media Player will also support video, usually handled in Windows 10 and Windows 11 in the Films & TV app. “All your 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 application settings,” says Grochocki.


This Media Player app is also designed to replace the legacy Windows Media Player app in Windows 11 today. Microsoft says this legacy app will continue to be available in Windows Tools. Still, it looks like the new Media Player for Windows 11 will be the primary way to watch videos and listen to audio in the operating system soon.

Microsoft is starting to test this new Media Player app with Windows 11 testers in the Dev Channel today, but the company hasn’t decided when all Windows 11 users will get this new app yet.

Source: The Verge.


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