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MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Server 2003 won’t get Windows Media Player 11

October 7th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

 

 

My God, shocking news coming from over the network… Windows Server fans, listen up and listen carefully. It’s not fully confirmed (duhh, because Microsoft hasn’t said anything about it yet) but here’s the shocking news – Windows Media Player 11 will only be available for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista… absolutely nothing for Windows Server 2003.

Now I see that as kinda unfair to be honest – I use Windows XP MCE 2005 on my lappy, and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 on my desktop beside me, because it’s a hell of a lot more stable than Windows XP. But knowing I can’t get Windows Media Player 11 on it *shocks* me… *shock* and disbelief.

Actually I think we could probably forsee it from the start… and it’s not confirmed… but that’s just what I’m hearing from various sources. Waiting for an official feed from the Vista team, until then lets just hope that it’s untrue I tell thee, untrue!

Posted in Media Center/Media Player, MS News, Windows Server System | 9 Comments »


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9 Responses

  1. Andre Da Costa Says:

    I don’t get it, how is XP (a client operating system) suppose to be in the same category interms of stability as a Server operating system which is used for File and Print, AD, OLTP and other Server based features? I suspect there is no major difference with the Windows Media Streaming tools warranting a need for Media Player. Again, its a Server, something you usually set and forget in a Server Room. If you want a stable desktop OS, get Windows XP Professional x64 or stick with XP x86 which seems very stable to me.

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Here we go again, I say something, you say another. Been using XP now since December 2001 – just after it was released. So far so good – SP1 was OK, SP2 was a pain in the arse, but I’ve had more problems with Windows XP than I have with any other OS I use. I mean, it doesn’t stop me using it, but I’ve found generally the stability of Windows Server 2003 R2 in comparison to Windows XP SP2 is remarkable better. That’s just an opinion Andre – I know you’re not a big fan of them, but that’s how it goes.

  3. Deansweb2004|NT Says:

    Haha… *laughs* @ you to again..

  4. Bryan Fennell Says:

    If this is true, it’s certainly a bad deal for people like yourself who use WinServer as a desktop system, but I think it does make sense given that they’ve gotten so much flack in the past over loading end-user apps on servers. On the plus side, my understanding is that once Longhorn Server ships, Vista SP1 should sync the kernels back onto the same branch, so there shouldn’t be such a disparity between the stability between client and server, particularly if Microsoft makes this a habit in future releases.

  5. Bryan Fennell Says:

    If this is true, it’s certainly a bad deal for people like yourself who use WinServer as a desktop system, but I think it does make sense given that they’ve gotten so much flack in the past over loading end-user apps on servers. On the plus side, my understanding is that once Longhorn Server ships, Vista SP1 should sync the kernels back onto the same branch, so there shouldn’t be such a disparity between the stability between client and server, particularly if Microsoft makes this a habit in future releases.

  6. Bryan Fennell Says:

    Dammit… Sorry for the double post! 🙁

  7. infreeze Says:

    Thats sad but owell, but i run windows media player 11 on my laptop atm i use windows server 2003 enterprise sp2 :p work “ok” 🙂

  8. Zack Says:

    :-0 tell me how you did it!! i want it!! 😛

  9. Anach Says:

    More stable than XP?
    I run 2003 on my server> yes its stable, but Ive also been running the same install of XP on my PC for two years and through several motherboard changes and video card brands ATI/Nvidia. The only crashes in that time have been due to dodgy hardware or other software.

    Running both, i dont see any point at all to running 2003 as a desktop PC, except brag rights. Most people disable the majority of security on 2k3 anyhow. All you are doing is limiting yourself honestly.

    Any stability is only placebo.

    Though it would be nice to run mp11 on my server, i must admit i prefer the look and it goes well with my black theme.