Windows 11 will launch next week with the weakest collection of updated in-box apps I can recall. But that’s going to change over time, just as is the case with Windows 11 itself. And this week, the software giant leaked—perhaps inadvertently, perhaps not—a modern replacement for Windows Media Player.
The leak came during a Windows Insider live webcast, which I stopped watching years ago for obvious reasons. But as was reported by Windows Latest and other blogs, the live video included the seemingly impromptu appearance of a new app called Media Player. To my eyes, this appears to be a modern replacement for Windows Media Player, which first debuted in Windows Millennium Edition and hasn’t gotten an update in several years. But others guess that it is perhaps a replacement for, or update of, Movies & TV.
Microsoft has since made the YouTube version of the webcast private, suggesting that the leak was inadvertent. But I welcome any improvements to any of Windows’ built-in apps, many of which are out-of-date and/or lackluster.