Windows Media Player 11
February 25, 2006 by Gaman
Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 11. Many improvements can be seen by the redesigned interface which includes simplified trees, helpful shortcuts on the menus and menu bars, and an advanced and improved media library. There are now Back and Forward buttons, giving Media Player a web-browser feel.
Also available is a deeply integrated music library for both online and offline content, the ability to connect to additional hardware easily, and integrated, easy-to-use tools for following the process of any task (downloading music, burning CDs, synching music, or streaming video, just to name a few). Media Player 11 has a new integrated feel, too—one that makes online, network, and offline content indistinguishable.
A review from CNET says
As for the WMP interface, the latest version takes a page from the iTunes book, focusing more on simplicity and ease of use and less on massive numbers of features, though there’re still plenty of them. Microsoft did away with most of the options in the left-hand navigation tree, opting to place emphasis on music instead of offering a huge menu of video, TV, and music all at once