The development doesn’t come as a surprise as the Redmond giant had been testing the new Media Player app with Windows 10 Release Preview Insiders for weeks now.
For those unaware, Windows Media Player is the default video and audio player app for Windows 11 in the Microsoft Store that was offered to all Windows 11 users on February 15, 2022. This modern Media Player replaces Groove Music, the default music-playing app on Windows 10 PC.
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The new Windows Media Player has the latest material design, which is perfectly in sync with the design and look of Windows 11.
“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. If your music collection is in Groove Music today, your library and playlists will automatically migrate to this new experience.
“The update to the new Media Player will replace the Groove Music app. The dedicated playback view features album art and rich artist imagery; these will appear in the full screen and mini player experiences as well,” Microsoft said when it announced the new Media Player experience in November 2021.
The new Media Player app is not in the Microsoft Store and is available via an update. For instance, if you are running Windows 10, you will now notice an update to the Groove Music app on Microsoft Store.
Once updated, the Groove Music app will be gone and the modern Media Player app will appear on your PC. Any playlists that you had in the Grove Music app will now show up in Media Player.
Microsoft has started to gradually roll out the new Windows Media Player app for Windows 10 users via the Microsoft Store and hence may not be available to all users immediately, says Deskmodder. Since it is likely going to be a general rollout, the new audio and video app should be available to all Windows 10 users very soon.