Tacked on at the bottom of today’s Vista product press release were the outlooks for the shipment of Windows Media Player 11 and Internet Explorer 7:
.. two Windows Vista features, Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7 and Windows Media® Player 11, will be made available in the coming weeks. Windows XP users are encouraged to try the features to get familiar with and excited about these programs now, which will be included in Windows Vista. Internet Explorer 7 will be made available to Windows XP customers via free download in the next two weeks. Microsoft encourages all Windows XP users to download the new version to explore the browsing experience in Windows Vista and take advantage of the new security features that will help protect them against malicious software and phishing attacks. Windows Media Player 11 will be available via free download beginning Oct. 24 and will enable users to take advantage of an elegant and intuitive user interface, a new level of online store integration, especially with MTV’s URGE service, and improved navigation for larger music libraries.
Paul Krevs at Neowin points to a Microsoft blog post that claims that IE7 will be available Oct. 18 and pushed via Automatic Update on Nov. 1. We’ve mentioned the Internet Explorer 7 release previously here with some advice on blocking it if you’re hesitant about accepting it as an Automatic Update.
As for WMP 11 it does have a slick new interface, but we haven’t heard much good about it lately (, ) and one wonders about its place in the scheme of things since Microsoft’s Zune has seems to have a completely separate media organizer and DRM.