The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Microsoft Endorsement Raises Questions on Windows Media Player for Mac Future

Microsoft Endorsement Raises Questions on Windows Media Player for Mac Future

by , 7:00 AM EST, January 13th, 2006

It has been more than two years since Microsoft released Windows Player 9 for Mac OS X. Since then, Microsoft has shipped version 10 for Windowsócomplete with digital rights management, HD, and 5.1 support, among other featuresóand has been developing version 11, which will ship as part of Windows Vista.

Against this backdrop of a lack of updates, reminiscent of the company's stagnant approach to Internet Explorer for Mac, Microsoft this week began offering customers Telestream's Flip4Mac QuickTime component as a download from Microsoft's site.

The Flip4Mac endorsement and free download casts doubt on the future of Windows Media Player for Mac. While QuickTime Player is a more natural fit for Mac users, there remains a demand for features found in Windows Media Player 10, including support for the DRM many music stores use and HD content, especially since many sites and services rely exclusively on the technology. Flip4Mac only supports versions of Windows Media up to 9.

Microsoft Tuesday announced a renewed five-year commitment to the Mac, but the pledge only spans Office:mac and Messenger, which the Mac Business Unit develop. Windows Media Player development is handled by Microsoft's Windows Media Team.

Windows Media Player 9 remains available as a download for Mac OS X but it is uncertain how long this will continue. Microsoft discontinued Internet Explorer for Mac last year and will stop providing the software as a download later this year.

At press time, Microsoft had yet to respond to requests for comment.

Update: CNET has received word from Microsoft that development of Windows Media Player for Mac has officially ended.

Recent Headlines - Updated May 28th

Mon,12:40 PM
Three Ways to Protect your Apple Watch (and One Way Not To)
Fri,9:47 PM
The Pros and Cons of a Proprietary Apple Car Charger
6:59 PM
VirnetX Wants to Shut Down FaceTime, but it Won’t Happen
5:45 PM
Star Wars: Force Awakens Soundtrack LPs Will Feature Built-in Holograms—Really
5:45 PM
It Could Happen - Universally Autonomous Cars Could Fail in the Marketplace
5:36 PM
Record Your Mac’s Screen with iShowU Instant: $12
1:49 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue’s Time Warner Deal
11:50 AM
iPhone SE: Is Less the New More?
10:44 AM
Support for Anti-encryption Laws Crumbles
Thu,11:02 PM
HP Envy 34c Curved Display Video Review
6:18 PM
Thinking Differently about Apple Spending Billions to Buy a Big Media Company
5:30 PM
Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection: $29.99
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!