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October 12, 2006

WMP 11 due on Oct. 24, IE7 in two weeks

Posted by David Hunter at 11:29 PM ET.

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 ([1], [2]) 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.

Filed under Alliances, Argo, Coopetition, DRM, Digital Media, IE7, Internet Explorer, MTV, Media Player, Microsoft, Technologies, Zune

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4 Responses to “WMP 11 due on Oct. 24, IE7 in two weeks”

  1. Internet Explorer 7 now sort of available -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The rumor had been that Oct. 18 was the day when individual downloads of Internet Explorer 7 would commence and while the day is still young in Redmond, Tom Warren at Neowin reports that the final version of IE7 is sort of available already: Microsoft will release the final build of IE7 today to customers. [...]

  2. Windows Media Player 11 misses a beat -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Despite the Microsoft press release from 2 weeks ago, Windows Media Player didn’t ship yesterday as Ina Fried reports at CNET: Microsoft had hoped to release the final version of Windows Media Player 11 on Tuesday, but the company said the jukebox software was not quite sounding the right note. [...]

  3. Windows Media Player 11 makes it out the door -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] There are more details on new features by following the link and if you can pass the Windows Genuine Advantage test, you can download WMP 11 here. However, as I have mentioned previously, the biggest question is where Windows Media Player stands now that the incompatible Zune music client and DRM are due in a few weeks. Filed under Coopetition, Digital Media, Technologies, DRM, Media Player, MTV, Microsoft, Argo, Zune [...]

  4. MTV’s URGE for Microsoft is gone -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] It’s not entirely clear how that is going to work for current URGE subscribers on the WMP 11 base, but then the problem seems to be that there weren’t too many URGE subscribers in the first place. It may be reaching too far to chalk up the demise of URGE as yet another existing Microsoft relationship overrun by the ambitions of the boys in the Entertainment and Devices Division, but as I have observed previously, it surely wasn’t good news to have two different and incompatible music store offerings coming from Microsoft. Well, that’s one problem that neither Microsoft nor MTV will have anymore.   Filed under Alliances, Coopetition, Digital Media, Technologies, RealNetworks, Media Player, MTV, Verizon, Microsoft, Argo, Zune   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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