MS drops Windows Media Player for Mac

Microsoft says it is no longer developing a Mac version of its Windows Media
Player for Mac, following the announcement of a separate five-year agreement
with Apple to develop Office for the Mac and Messenger: "We have no plans to
provide future updates or product support for Windows Media Player for Mac,"
Adam Anderson, Microsoft public relations manager, told CNET
Microsoft said that it had a made a "business decision" to halt development
and product support because it was re-examining its business priorities:
"Our focus really is in delivering the best experience to Windows
customers." Ironically, the announced followed its public "commitment"
agreement to the Mac, but follows an agreement to distribute Telestream's
Windows Media Components for QuickTime.

The free components provide playback of non-protected content within
QuickTime, supporting Windows Media 9 and high-definition content; however,
it does not support content protected with Windows Media DRM. The components
require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, however, the company will continue to
provide the current version of Windows Media Player for Mac via the Web,
which runs on Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later.

The report notes that Microsoft has not released a significant update to its
media player, since Windows Media Player 9 was released in November of 2003.

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