Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10 - Providing Some Pointersby Andrew Ku on September 19, 2004 12:00 PM EST
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Windows Media Player (WMP) has been arguably the most prevalent media player on the market. Whether you like or dislike Microsoft, "the company", isn't relevant for the sake of this article and by extension, their product - that's best saved for a business and/or OS discussion.
As most of you undoubtedly know, Microsoft has recently released Windows Media Player 10. And it is a pretty fair guess that you probably have it installed on the computer that you are currently using to read this article.
It really is pointless for us to simply show what has changed both feature-wise and, to a lesser extent, the design because you are likely already putting it to use. However, in the past few years, Microsoft has developed a good grasp of aesthetics, usability, features, and a knack to know how to implement a combination of all three into an end product. Our case in point would be MCE and its iterations (2004 edition and beyond). This is the reason why we make references to WMP often times in our personal video recorder (PVR) software reviews, as there are key pointers that other companies can take from Microsoft.