Microsoft began testing a new version of Windows 11 Media Player in November last year that is supposed to play audio and video. At this point it became available to Windows Insiders. Now the player has gone beyond insider testing and is ready to be installed by any Windows 11 user.
According to reports, a few days ago Microsoft released an update for Windows 11 that removes restrictions on installing the app. The source states that the player was successfully installed on Windows 11 Build 2200.376 (21H2). This version of the operating system is currently the most up-to-date among the stable assemblies.
It should be noted that Media Player can currently only be installed from unofficial sources by downloading the appropriate installation file to your computer. Media Player is also known to replace Groove Music which will no longer be available after installation.
Microsoft has not officially started mass distributing the app. It is expected that the updated player will soon be available to members of the Insider Program on the Beta and Release Preview channels. After the final test phase, Microsoft will begin mass distributing the media player. It is currently not known whether the software giant Groove Music will be phased out and replaced by the media player, or whether both applications can be used in parallel.