It's faster, it's prettier, and it's thoroughly improved in every way.
The default UI makes better use of the horizontal, widescreen arrangements most home theater setups will have.
Bring a whole new look to your digital entertainment.
Breathe new life into your digital music experience.
The main menu no longer stops whatever I'm doing and zaps me back to a flat menu screen.
It's more of a pop-up style menu, which can be accessed at any time through the big green MCE button.
As far as I'm concerned, Media Center is the killer app for Vista.
Under Vista's Media Center, my 60 GB music library is now a pleasure to navigate.Like videos, much better use of horizontal screen real estate; I can see dozens of albums at once. Displaying, searching, scrolling-- it's all nearly instantaneous now. The program guide-- which is completely free, no monthly charges whatsoever-- now overlays the live video as a transparency.There's also a new popup Mini-Guide (not pictured) which lets you browse nearby channels without obscuring playback.If you are not certain what you want to listen to, you might opt to browse the Music Library to see what strikes your fancy.Alternatively, you might opt to search for a specific album, artist, genre, song, playlist, or composer.Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP (WMP 11) offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your digital media.It's easier than ever to access all of your music, videos, pictures, and recorded TV on your computer.Play it, view it, organize it, or sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go, or share with devices around your home—all from one place.Windows Media Player 11 is designed to work with all versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, including Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N.I can now continue watching my program in the background while navigating the main menu, too.Another big quality of life improvement in Vista's Media Center is that a DVD codec is included right out of the box.