Definitions of WMP

Definitions of WMP

Windows Media Player (known in English as Windows Media Player; abbreviated as WMP according to abbreviationfinder) is a multimedia player created by the Microsoft company since 1991 for the Microsoft Windows operating system. They have released several versions of the player. Version 12 is the latest version, which is included with Windows 7. WMP allows you to play various digital formats: Audio CD, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, WMA (Windows Media Audio), WMV (Windows Media Video), MP3, MPG and AVI, although the program depends on third-party codec for some more formats. Includes access to video in digital format on payment servers. It also gives the possibility of copying songs from a CD to the hard disk of the PC and vice versa. In addition, it searches the Internet for the names of the songs and albums, showing the cover of the album from which these songs come.


  • Skin mode, which allows you to use skins tochange the appearance of the program.
  • It allows to be embedded in the Windows taskbar, showing the most common playback buttons. The windows can display information, visualization or video.
  • Support for the latest version of DirectX.
  • Support for all types of codecs using DirectX specific filters.
  • 10 band graphic equalizer.
  • SRS WOW Effects Compatibility
  • Use of plug-ins that process the audio or video output.
  • URGE – Microsoft owned music store and integrated MTV networks (available only in some countries).


Version Date Operating systems Comments
6.1 25| June | 1998 Windows
6.4 22| November | 1998 Windows95/98/NT4.0 Still available on Windows XP Run… and type “C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe”
1.2 April 2000 _ Palm-size PC
1.0 July 2000 _ Handheld PC
6.3 17| July | 2000 MacOS, Solaris
7.0 17| July | 2000 Windows 98/2000
7.0 14| September | 2000 Windows Me Distributed together with the operating system. Visual change and organization of functions in tabs, supports skins.
7.0 12| December | 2000 PocketPC
7.0.1 24| July | 2001 Mac OS
8.0 25| October | 2001 Windows Xp Distributed together with the operating system (Windows XP, with support for skins.)
7.1 8| January | 2002 Mac OS
8.0 June 2002 _ Pocket PC 2002, Smartphone 2002
9.0 27| January | 2003 Windows 98/Me/2000
9.0 23| June | 2003 Windows Mobile 2003 (Pocket PC, Smartphone)
9.0 7| November | 2003 Mac OSX
9.0 10| august | 2004 Windows Xp Distributed together with SP2 of the Home and Professional editions of the operating system (Windows XP Home/Professional SP2), with design changes and compatibility with music download services.It is possible to change the color of the player. Considered by many the Best Player of that time for its simplicity of use
10.0 12| October | 2004 Windows Xp Distributed together with the Media Center 2005 edition of the operating system (Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition). A profound change in the interface, rating tracks, changes in menu bars, ipod compatible; the tabs are located in the upper area and the inclusion of internet radio.
10.0 9| May | 2005 Windows Mobile 5.0 (Pocket PC, Smartphone) Distributed along with the operating system.
11.0 8| November | 2006 Windows XP, Windows Vista Distributed together with the Windows Vista operating system.
12.0 13| July | 2009 Windows 7 Distributed with the Windows 7 operating system.

Windows Media Player 9.x can be installed on Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows ME, as well as any version of Windows XP. However, installing Windows Media Player 10 and higher requires Windows XP to be installed.

The Mac OS X version has recently lost official support like many other Microsoft products.

Windows Media Player 11 and currently all other versions from 6.0 onwards require prior validation of genuine Microsoft Windows in order to be installed.

Windows Media Player 12

Version 12 is the latest version of this player, which is available for Windows 7 at its release. This version offers many changes. Visual changes and adds new playback formats.


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