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Media Player
Media Player XP Icon.png
Am microsoft media player xp.png
Media Player in Windows XP
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 5.2 / March 13, 2007
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Media player
License Proprietary EULA
Website Microsoft Windows Media — Your Digital Entertainment Resource

Media Player is a media player originally included in Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions and a slightly updated version was included with Windows 3.1x. Media Player received a facelift with Video for Windows, with an OLE2 version provided with the runtime software. This version forms the basis for the 32-bit version included with Windows 95 and Windows NT.

From Windows 95 onwards, Media Player took the same version number as Windows itself. Thus in the original version of Windows 95 it reports itself as 4.00.950, in Windows 2000 it is 5.0.* and in Windows XP it is version 5.1.*, where * refers to the build number.

As of Windows 98, Media Player was rendered obsolete, Windows Media Player being the replacement. Media Player was still included in Windows XP, using the file name mplay32.exe; however, it is no longer included as of Windows Vista.

Features

Unlike its replacement, Media Player allows one to choose which MCI device to send the file to. Media Player can be used to embed music or video in a document, as it supports OLE.

The version of Media Player included in Windows 3.x is compatible with most versions of Windows; it does not recognize certain recent file types.

Versions

1991 Windows 3.1 Media Player icon.png Media Player 3.0 in Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions
1992 Windows 3.1 Media Player icon.png Media Player 3.1 in Windows 3.1
1992 Windows 3.1 Media Player icon.png Media Player 3.15 in Windows 3.1 with Video for Windows installed
1995 Media Player XP Icon.png Media Player 4.0 in Windows 95
1999 Media Player XP Icon.png Media Player 5.0 in Windows 2000
2004 Media Player XP Icon.png Media Player 5.1 in Windows XP

See also

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