Windows 10 gets new Media Player app

Microsoft brings the new Media Player from Windows 11 to 10.

Windows 10 new Media Player
Windows 10 new Media Player
  • Windows 11 Media Player app is now arriving on Windows 10.
  • This is the same app but without some cosmetics only available on Windows 11.
  • The Media Player app is available through the Release Preview Channel. 

Microsoft has made available the new Media Player app for Windows 10. The app was initially only available for Windows 11, but now, the company is slowly rolling it out to Windows 10 users to replace the original Groove Music app.

The Media Player app is currently available through the Release Preview Channel, and it’s the same application design using WinUI 3.0, Fluent Design system, and support for the light and dark color modes, but without the cosmetics available on Windows 11, such as mica material and rounded corners.

The application offers support for both audio and video playback. As part of the features, it’s pretty basic. You can create your playlists, and there’s support for album art and artist information. Also, the app will automatically scan and add all your folders containing music and videos stored locally on your device.

If you have been using Groove Music, the new app has a similar layout with navigation on the left and content on the right, and play controls at the bottom with an option to enable mini-player mode.

Although Windows 10 is also getting the Windows 11 Media Player app, the classic Windows Media Player will continue to be available through the Windows Tools settings.

The new Media Player app is rolling out slowly. If you are running the latest preview of Windows 10, you can download the app by going to the Microsoft Store and checking for updates on the Library page.

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