Microsoft Media Player

Version12(as of 2/1/2024)
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Rating:3.5  |  13 Votes

Main Features

  • Windows 11's default audio and video player
  • Plays many common audio and video files
  • Allows you to organize your music and video libraries
  • Provides the ability to create and manage playlists

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Media Player 12
Screenshot of Microsoft Media Player 12

Microsoft Media Player is Windows 11's default multimedia player, replacing Microsoft's Groove Music, Windows Media Player, and Movies & TV multimedia applications. It supports various audio and video files, provides video and music libraries, and has play queue and playlist functionality. Microsoft released Media Player in 2022 for Windows 11, then added it to Windows 10 In 2023.

Media Player supports many audio and video formats, including .MP3, .OGG, .FLAC, .MP4, .WMV, and .MKV. The app is streamlined and more straightforward to use for those who want to play a single audio or video file than Groove Music and Movies & TV. While Groove Music and Movies & TV require you to navigate multiple menus to find and open files, Media Player allows you to open any media file directly from its Home menu via a straightforward Open file(s) button.

The app also retains Groove Music's best features: organizing your music library and quickly creating and playing playlists. Also, since Media Player can play audio and video files, you can now add videos to your playlists.


Media Player is a streamlined, back-to-basics media player that lets you easily open and play most audio and video files, organize your media libraries, and create playlists. For those who were never interested in Groove Music's streaming features and preferred the simplicity of the original Windows Media Player, the app is a significant upgrade. Microsoft Media Player retains Groove's modern user interface and most essential features while being more accessible to navigate and use.

Primary File Type

mp3 icon.MP3MP3 Audio

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MP3MP3 Audio
.3G23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.3GP23GPP Multimedia File
.3GPP3GPP Media File
.AACAdvanced Audio Coding File
.AC3Audio Codec 3 File
.ADTADTS Audio File
.ADTSAudio Data Transport Stream File
.AMRAdaptive Multi-Rate Codec File
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.FLACFree Lossless Audio Codec File
.M2TSBlu-ray BDAV Video File
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio
.M4RiPhone Ringtone
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MKAMatroska Audio
.MKVMatroska Video
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.OGAOgg Vorbis Audio File
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio
.OGVOgg Video
.OPUSOpus Audio
.WEBMWebM Video
.WMAWindows Media Audio
.WMVWindows Media Video
Updated 2/1/2024