Re: OMG, END of WMPlayer? ReAd ThIs!!!
From: Chris Lanier [MVP] (cal2002a_at_hotmail.NOSPAM.com)
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 19:46:00 -0600
I thought that looked familiar. LOL
-- Chris Lanier Microsoft MVP - Digital Media -- "zachd [ms]" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:%233TMgBMAEHA.2484@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl... > > "Real One" is just publishing a spoof they wrote themself. It has no > validity nor basis in reality. You'd be the "Lis Canier" referred to, and > etc. > > -Zach > -- > (speaking for myself and doing this in my free time) > See http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info. > Following up to your post with the resolution is good netiquette. > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. > All e-mail to this account will bounce or be deleted - *use the newsgroups*. > I'm currently listening to "Hallelujah" by "Rufus Wainwright" in Windows > Media Player 9 Series. > -- > > "Chris Lanier [MVP]" <cal2002a@hotmail.NOSPAM.com> wrote in message > news:uK8O3AKAEHA.220@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl... > > Source? That sounds like someone's highly modified an article by "Allison > > Linn" about the WMP and EU threat. > > > http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,8833441%5E15306%5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html > > > > -- > > Chris Lanier > > Microsoft MVP - Digital Media > > -- > > "Real One" <email@example.com> wrote in message > > news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > > > I'm posting this off a place I found online: > > > > > > Mar 2, 8:38 AM (ET) > > > > > > By LINN ALLISON DOPPELGANGER > > > > > > COLORADO (AP) - By the fall of 2004, Microsoft announced > > > yesterday, the company may end Windows Media Player as an > > > integrated feature of > > > the dominant Windows operating system. > > > > > > Microsoft has said it is certain to end Windows Media > > > Player if popularity for the player doesn't pick up and > > > numerous problems with the media player doesn't improve, > > > despite Microsoft's efforts to dominate an emerging and > > > important > > > technology market. > > > > > > "There's a lot at stake here, because it's becoming > > > increasingly evident to most everyone that the computer is > > > becoming more of a media-centric device," said Phil Leigh, > > > an analyst with Inside Digital Media. > > > > > > Ending Windows Media Player may help level the > > > playing field for competitors such as RealNetworks' > > > RealOne player and Apple's QuickTime, Leigh said, while > > > costing Microsoft millions in future profits. > > > > > > In the fierce competition for what type of technology > > > people use to do things like listen to music and watch > > > movies on computers, Microsoft's primary weapon is its > > > ability to ensure its format is found on millions of PCs > > > every year, said Rob Helm, director of research for > > > independent analysts Directions on Microsoft. > > > > > > Now, he said, "Microsoft doing away with [Media] Player > > > could throw a wrench in that." > > > > > > This latest thinking could also wreck havoc on Microsoft's > > > planned > > > next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn. That system, > > > which may not be available until 2006 or later, is > > > scheduled to incorporate even more new features, such as a > > > built-in search engine that could compete with Google, > > > Yahoo and other companies. > > > > > > Microsoft argues that extracting the media player would be > > > technologically difficult since the programming code is > > > intertwined with the operating system and cannot simply be > > > plucked out without harming Windows' performance. > > > Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said that including rival > > > players would be complicated and might create security > > > problems. > > > > > > Most experts think Microsoft will successfully find a way > > > to bolster the popularity of its media player and finally > > > fix the many problems users have experienced with it so > > > that it won't have to be scrapped in the first place. > > > > > > Microsoft is hoping that the advantage that its > > > media player looks familiar to users of Windows, which > > > runs on about 69 percent of the world's computers, will > > > help users stick with the faulty player, now losing users > > > at an alarming rate. > > > > > > Lis Canier, a senior customer representative with > > > Microsoft, has noted that many users have switched from > > > Windows Media Player to more friendly and problem-free > > > players such as RealOne player. > > > > > > In the United States, Windows Media Player currently > > > controls about 25 percent of the market, compared with > > > nearly 21 percent for RealOne and 14 percent for > > > QuickTime player, according to January data from > > > Nielsen/NetRatings. > > > > > > Bill Poole, a senior vice president at Microsoft who has > > > worked extensively with the Windows Media Player, concedes > > > that customers may never choose just one type of player. > > > > > > "Microsoft won't give up Media Player yet," he said, "but > > > it's getting down to the wire with it." > > > > > >