Windows 11's modern media player gets new features for videos

Microsoft teased Media Player for Windows 11 in November 2021 and it was released to the public in early 2022. Meanwhile, Windows Media Player received another update for testers with new features last month. This update is now available on the new Microsoft Store in Windows 11 for everyone.

As you probably know, Windows Media Player replaces Groove Music, the UWP app that was the default music player for Windows after the company discontinued the old Windows Media Player.

This new Media Player is a reboot of Groove Music, but Microsoft wants to make it the successor to the iconic Windows Media Player. With today's update, Windows 11's Modern Media Player gets major improvements. The build number is 11.2203.30.0 and it is available in the production channel with two notable changes:

  • Presentation of the music library.
  • Video enhancement options.

New Windows Media Player Features

A new music library experience is now available. As you can see in the screenshot above, it's now possible to quickly switch between different artist page views when browsing your collection.

If you don't see any media files in the library, it's probably because you haven't linked a folder with songs to the media player. The default view shows albums in a grid view, the other shows all songs and they are grouped by album.

You can also perform quick actions when hovering over albums, artists, videos, and playlists. These actions include quick select and play options.

Another major change is support for the video enhancements options dialog. This appears when you play a video in Media Player and you can access it if you right-click anywhere on the playback screen.

Media player context menu

Right-clicking will apparently open a context menu where you can view new files without navigating to another page. It also provides access to the album page as well as the artist page.

Video enhancements

A new "video enhancements" option lets you adjust the brightness and contrast of your video.

Microsoft says it has also worked on improving the performance of Media Player, especially for devices with very large music libraries.

In addition to Media Player improvements, Microsoft has also started testing a new Outlook client for Windows 11.

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