Microsoft recently announced a new Media Player for Windows 11, which replaces Groove Music and is supposed to be the successor to the famous Windows Media Player. The Media Player has been rolling out for testers running Windows 11 Dev Channel, but user reports suggest that the new app is now targeting non-Insiders as well.
A new update has established the Windows Media Player software requirement for Windows 11 Build 22000, which means that you can now install the application through the Microsoft Store. If you don’t see the update in the Store, you should be able to install the app manually as long as the device is running build 22000.346 or later.
Windows Media Player was first teased during a live podcast broadcast and Microsoft officially announced the redesign in November 2021. The company has been testing Media Player for more than two months and it appears to be ready for regular use. Additionally, a new update to Media Player enables support for system accent colors.
Media Player can now follow the system accent color in Windows 11. After the latest update, it is finally possible to use the Windows 11 accent color and replace the application’s built-in color system called “Zest”. If you prefer Zest, you can always revert to the old default style from the Media Player settings.
The new Media Player is specifically designed with Windows 11 in mind and uses WinUI elements, rounded corners, etc. At the moment, Media Player only works on Windows 11, but it will also come to Windows 10 without rounded corners and the Mica theme applied to the background of the application.
Media Player replaces Groove Music
It’s worth noting that the new Media Player would replace the existing Groove Music Player and import all of your databases including the playlist or your auto-saved media locations once it is updated.
Remember that the classic Windows Media Player is not going anywhere. If you prefer the classic Windows Media Player, you can still enable it from Optional Settings, although it goes without saying that the old Media Player will be removed from the operating system in a future release.
As mentioned at the beginning, Media Player is now available for Windows 11 Build 22000. If you don’t see the update in the Store, you can download it from here.
There is no ETA on when the app will be available to everyone.
In addition to Media Player, Microsoft is also working on a new Notepad application for Windows 11.