Slowly but surely, Microsoft has reviewed all of Windows’ system apps and revised them for Windows 11. The company began testing an update to Notepad last month, and upgrades to Calendar and Media. Player are in progress.
Microsoft introduced a new Media Player app in Windows 11 last year, which replaced the old “Groove” music player. It primarily serves as a music library, similar to Apple’s iTunes and Music apps, but it can also play video files (and music without importing). Starting with Media Player 11.2206.30.0, which is currently being tested with Windows Insiders in Windows 11 Dev Channel, Media Player is now the default app to open video files on your PC instead of the “Movies & TV” app .
The Movies & TV app was first included in Windows 10, primarily to play movies and shows purchased from the Microsoft Store. It also replaced the classic Windows Media Player as the default application for opening video and audio files, although it still didn’t have many playback options, and Windows Media Player continued to be included in Windows 10. Microsoft has made the old Windows Media Player an optional download in Windows 11.
Speaking of the classic Windows Media Player, the new Media Player also receives one of its best features: the ability to rip CD discs. You can choose between AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC formats when importing music from CD, and several bitrate options are available. It’s funny to think of CD ripping as a new feature in 2022, but CDs are still around, and Windows 11 users won’t have to reinstall the old Windows Media Player (or download a tool third parties) to copy the content.
It looks like Microsoft is positioning the new Media Player as the main media app on Windows, which is certainly better than the hodgepodge of three apps (old Media Player, Groove, and Movies & TV) we had on Windows 10. won’t go away, though – in fact, Microsoft is adding native Arm64 support for the app into the Windows 11 development chain.
Source: Windows Blog