Windows Media Player has been a part of Windows since 1991, the media player is already an antiquity. Its most recent version is from October 2009, it was never updated for Windows 8, nor 8.1, much less Windows 10, and yet it is still included in the operating system.
According to a screenshot posted on Reddit, it appears that Microsoft is beginning to suggest very “delicately” that already stop using it and go to the Movies and TV app that includes Windows 10. And while the message may seem annoying to some, it is not a bad suggestion at all.
The screenshot shows a pop-up notice when opening Windows Media Player that promotes the Movies & TV app and suggests the user to open the content in the modern app instead of the eternal dinosaur. It also takes the opportunity to tell you about some of its functions and offers a button to set it as the default player in one click.
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With so many quality media players why would you use Windows Media Player?
Perhaps those who do not know any other alternative, or who are not very open to changes, have continued to use WMP more as a known than for any other reason. Yes OK Windows 10 Movies & TV app is more than acceptable and meets all the basics, there are many other third-party alternatives as good or better and also free.
The first obvious recommendation would be VLC, especially now with the release of version 3.0 with Chromecast support and 4K video playback.
My personal favorite is Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPCHC), lightweight, customizable, open source, and free. Others like Pot Player are often highly recommended by Genbeta readers.
And if what you are looking for is a music player there are tons of options. As interesting and modern as Plexamp, or classics that do not die like Foobar2000.
Via | Reddit
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