Microsoft recently announced a new Media Player for Windows 11,
which replaces Groove Music and is supposed to be the successor
to the famous Windows Media Player. The Media Player has been
rolling out to testers running Windows 11 Dev Channel, but
users reports suggest that the new app is now also heading to
A new update has set Windows Media Player software requirement
to Windows 11 Build 22000, which means you can now install the
app via the Microsoft Store. If you don’t see the update in the
Store, you should be able to install the app manually as long
as the device is running Build 22000.346 or newer.
Windows Media Player was first teased during a live
podcast stream and Microsoft officially announced the redesign
in November 2021. The company has been testing Media Player for
more than two months now and it seems to be ready for regular
use. Additionally, a new update for Media Player enables
support for system accent colours.
Media Player can now follow the system accent colour in Windows
11. After the latest update, it is finally possible to use
Windows 11 accent colour and replace the app’s built-in colour
system called “Zest”. If you prefer Zest, you can always go
back to the default previous style from Media Player’s
The new Media Player is specifically built with Windows 11 in
mind and it uses WinUI elements, round corners, etc. At the
moment, Media Player works only on Windows 11, but it will also
arrive on Windows 10 without rounded corners and Mica theme
which applies to the app’s background.
Media Player replaces Groove Music
It’s worth noting that the new Media Player would replace the
existing Groove Music Player and import all its databases
including playlist or your saved media locations automatically
Remember that the classic Windows Media Player isn’t going
anywhere. If you prefer the classic Windows Media Player, you
can still enable it from Optional Settings, though it goes
without saying that the old Media Player will be removed from
the operating system in a future release.
As mentioned at the outset, Media Player is now available for
Windows 11 Build 22000. If you don’t see the update in the
Store, you can download it from here.
There’s no ETA as to when the app will become available for
In addition to Media Player,
Microsoft is also working on a new Notepad app for Windows