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Windows Media Player (abbreviated WMP) is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that's used for playing audio, video and viewing pictures on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows software system, as well as on Pocket laptop and Windows Mobile devices. Also released were Editions of Windows Media Player for Macintosh OS, Macintosh OS X and Solaris however development of these has since been interrupted.

Apart from being a media player, it includes the ability to rip music from and copy music to compact discs, burn recordable discs in compact disc format or as data discs with playlists such as an MP3 CD, synchronize content with a digital audio player (MP3 player) or other mobile devices, and enable users to buy or rent music from variety of on-line music stores.

Windows Media Player was a replacement of an earlier application known as Media Player, adding features beyond simple video or audio playback.

Windows Media Player 11 is available for Windows XP and included in Windows Server 2008 and Windows vista. Available file formats in default are Advanced Systems Format (ASF), Windows Media Video (WMV) and Windows Media Audio (WMA), and its own XML based playlist format known as Windows playlist (WPL). The player is also able to utilize a digital rights management service within the form of Windows Media DRM.

Windows Media Player 12 is the most up-to-date version of Windows Media Player. It was released on July month twenty two, 2009 along with Windows seven and has not been released for previous versions of Windows. Unlike Windows eight, Windows RT doesn't run Windows Media Player.

The first version of Windows Media Player appeared in 1991, when Windows 3.0 with multimedia system Extensions was released. It used MCI to handle media files. Being a part of Windows, Media Player shows the same version number as that of the version Windows with which it was included.

Microsoft regularly produced new programs to play media files. ActiveMovie incorporates a brand new way of handling media files, and adds support for streaming media (which the initial Media Player couldn't handle). In 1996, ActiveMovie was renamed DirectShow. But, Media Player continued to come with Windows till the release of version of Windows XP whereby "v5.1" is the formal version number of Windows XP hence the name “Windows Media Player v5.1.”

In 1999, Windows Media Player's versioning broke off from that of Windows itself. Windows Media Player 6.4 came as an out-of-band update for Windows ninety five, Windows ninety eight and Windows NT 4.0 that co-existed with Media Player and have become a built-in part of Windows 2000, Windows ME and Windows XP. Windows Media Player 7.0 and its successors also came within the same fashion, replacing one another but leaving Media Player and Windows Media Player 6.4 intact. Windows XP is the first and last OS to have 3 totally different versions of Windows Media Player (v5.1, v6.4 and v8) aspect by aspect. All versions branded Windows Media Player (instead of merely Media Player) support these DirectShow codecs formats.