Windows Media Player 10 Beta

Microsoft is asking users to help test its new Windows Media Player 10. The company has released a beta version of the popular player for download, even though it still is in its early stages...

The most significant change to the player is expected to be the introduction of online music sales. Various companies will be able to offer their multimedia content for sale through WMP 10. Codenamed Digital Media Mall the service will offer a variety of online music stores and video services in a similar way to Apple's iTunes online jukebox.

The obstacles that will need to be overcome in order to produce a secure and reliable service are so great that Microsoft have had to make this move in order to get as wide a test group as possible.

Features of WMP 10 include :

- Sleek New Design. A streamlined and sleek new design delivers a fresh new look and improved ease of use, including faster access to top Player tasks. The most important Player features are now in a more prominent position in the library, enabling users to accomplish everyday digital media tasks all in one convenient place and to take advantage of the powerful capabilities of the Player while browsing the library.
- Choice of Online Stores. Introducing the first Digital Media Mall enabling you to discover, download, rent or stream music and video within the Player from a choice of online stores. These stores enjoy deeper integration and customization within the Player to enhance their functionality and ease of use.
- Enhanced Device Support. A wide selection of devices are supported with this release, including a host of current portable music players and new Portable Media Center devices that will be available later this year. A major component of this rich device support includes a new feature called Auto Sync which enables the seamless, automatic synchronization of music, video, and even recorded TV and photos to supported portable devices.
- Improved All-in-One Smart Jukebox. Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta builds upon the award-winning Windows Media Player 9 Series, delivering fast and flexible playback, unmatched audio and video quality, and smart jukebox features designed to save you time and effort.

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