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No-one wants Windows XP “N”

October 11th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Edited a bit because I realised how fast I wrote this and forgot to proof read…

And who can blame them? The whole point of Windows XP “N” was to comply with European Commission’s legislation and all that, because apparently Microsoft was being mean to those smaller companies and those trying to grow. The “N” part is to stand for “No Media Player”, which is where the smaller media companies come into play, giving them a new market to target their media products at. The funny part about this, is that “XP” was to stand for “eXPerience media, videos, pictures and music” and now you can’t because of the lack of Windows Media Player.

Anyway, Windows XP “N” just plainly isn’t selling and I can’t blame them at all really. If you want an operating system with everything there (including functionality to play music and watch videos) then you may as well just go for the option of the full version of Windows XP, either Home Edition or Professional Edition.

“I don’t know if it’s true to say [retailers] haven’t bought any (but) I’d be very surprised if we’ve sold any,” Microsoft’s UK managing director Alistair Baker was quoted as saying in The Times (UK newspaper).

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4 Responses

  1. Patrick E Says:

    They could care less whether it sells though, it wasn’t much effort involved (on Microsoft’s part) to build an install w/o Media Player, and if it keeps the EC from playing the same legal games that our Dept. of Justice did in the late 90s with Microsoft then I’d say its best for everyone. I have yet to see a media player (mainstream this is — I like “Media Player Classic” but.. that is made to look like old MS Media Player so..) that works as smoothly as Windows Media Player 10. I absolutely refuse to install RealPlayer, and I grumble at QuickTime but I do have that installed..

  2. Deansweb2004 Says:

    I would say ‘N’, stands for Windows XP No Sales lmao.

    Even if you did buy it, is there a wizard so when try to playing some music does it recommand using Windows Media Player?

  3. Patrick E Says:

    I don’t believe so, it uses the same web search engine for unrecognized file types as regular XP does when it doesn’t recognize a type of file. The EULA for “N” has a whole section about the lack of Media Player

  4. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Yeh, I mean I prefer Media Player entirely; I have RealPlayer installed (not the one with loads of adverts or crap on it) because I develop with it and use it for ZackNET Live Stream – can’t stand QuickTime at all. Go Media Player! 😀