With a number of media players available online as open source and free-ware, Microsoft continues to be amongst the top players with its unique features in the online media industry:
Modes of Playing
Windows Media Player offers two modes of playing media files: Player Library mode and Now Playing mode. Player Library is a detailed user interface which gives you the choice to organize your media collection. It pulls all digital media files stored on your computer and shows it in Library. From its navigation pane you can choose to sort your music by its genre, artist and album. You can organize and create playlist of your digital media collection like pictures and videos. To create a playlist, simply drag and drop the media file from Details pane to List pane.
In the Now playing mode, minimal controls are visible for the media file currently being played. You can view videos, movies, pictures and listen to music. While playing, you can perform various functions on the file like forward, reverse, fast forward, fast reverse, pause and stop from its playback controls area. You can also select visualizations to view in this mode by right-clicking on the main window.
Probably the most trending feature in almost every application is sharing. Windows Media Player gives this capability to its user with the Now Playing Plug-in. It can automatically share what is currently playing in your player on Facebook and Twitter. You can select from what information about the file you want to share. This plug-in can also collect additional information about the music from online music stores.
Since Windows Media Player is supported by some portable devices including Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, users have the option to sync media to the supported devices. The Sync tab in player library mode guides through the automatic and manual sync process.