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Microsoft officially kills WMP for the Mac May 6, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Microsoft, Milestones.

Windows Media Player for the Mac is no more, Microsoft has announced.

The folks at Redmond have officially stopped development of the application for Mac users and have no plans of creating future versions of the player,citing business considerations, according to a CNET report,

The last version released for OS X was WMP 9, back in November 2003. Since then, only that and a version for Mac OS 9 have been available for Apple users. Microsoft will continue to make these versions available for download, and announced plans to make Flip4Mac WMV available for free so that Mac users will be able to play Windows Media video files directly from Quicktime. Microsoft says it will instead just focus on developing core apps for the Apple platform, and continue developing major applications like Office:Mac for at least five more years.

In effect, Microsoft is waving the white flag, ceding the throne to Apple’s Quicktime, which has dominated even Windows’ own turf, particularly in the digital music aspect. Windows Media Player takes its place beside Internet Explorer and MSN in the list of Mac-abandoned apps. (At least WMP will still be available; the latter two will be dropped from their downloadable list by the end of May, along with some other Mac tools.)

No great loss.



1. Michael Garrett - May 6, 2007

I saw that coming… I wasn’t even aware of the mac version until I got my MacBook and that made me realize how behind the mac version of WMP really was.

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