Microsoft® Windows® Media® Player 12 Review
The Windows Media Player 12 comes with a brighter and lighter user interface, which is part of the Windows 7 operating system and includes some new features. The graphical user experience should is similar to previous version. However, the layout has some changes like the buttons have been moved, "Now Playing" button has been removed and a separated library management with two distinct player modes had been added.
The Windows Media Player 12 is mainly used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers with Microsoft Windows operating system. It can also be executed in systems like Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. It is possible to burn music to compact discs, build Audio CDs in recordable discs and synchronize content with a digital audio player or any other mobile devices. This enables you in purchasing or renting music from a number of online music stores.
Windows Media Player 12 is somewhat similar to the WMP11 (Windows Media Player 11), but you can see that the UI is much brighter and lighter than the previous version. You could get some buttons and toolbar items moved around from the player to make working easier. But, to make the player work properly in the system, you need to configure the system with minimum requirements of the player. You need to setup OS from the Microsoft like Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Windows ME in the system. In terms of system requirements you need Pentium 166 Mhz processor with 32MB of RAM. At least a 16-bit sound card and a 256-color video card are other requirements of the tool.
- FIVE – Enhanced "Play to" Feature
"Play to" is one among the coolest feature of Windows Media Player 12. The feature makes it easy for the player to play music with any external device with the PC. It can stream to other computers in your HomeGroup, and you can actually play back on the HTPC connected to your sound system while browsing your library on your system.
- FOUR – New Interface
The most notable feature of the Windows Media Player 12 is its new interface. The Windows Media Player 12 comes with a brighter and lighter interface, which comes with distinct interface modes that are namely "Now Playing view" and "Library view."
- THREE – Digital Living Network Alliance v1.5 Devices
The Windows Media Player 12 has been included with support for controlling Digital Living Network Alliance v1.5 devices. These are networked devices with audio and video playback capabilities. This feature is similar to the scenario of streaming to an HTPC, in which you might be streaming audio to a Sono box. Each device being "Played To" can have its own playlist and playback settings and can be controlled through its own little window.
- TWO – Miniviewer
The Windows Media Player 12 has been included with a new taskbar miniviewer. This works with the new Windows 7 taskbar, and the media player includes support for Jump Lists also.
- ONE – Enhanced format support
The Windows Media Player 12 supports many popular audio and video formats like the 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, and WMA. It can also get support to most AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid files. The player can stream music and video to other PCs running Windows 7 or compatible devices around the home. With its Remote Media Streaming, you can enjoy music or videos on your home PC from the road.
The Windows Media Player 12 is a part of Microsoft Windows features which has proven to be an essential media tool for users that need to view large media files and manage various file formats.