A. Microsoft released WMP 9 on January 7, 2003. You can download the software at the Microsoft Web site (the downloadable file is fewer than 10MB). WMP 9 is available for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows 98 Second Edition (Win98SE). The software will also form part of the core Windows Server 2003 release.

WMP 9's new features include

  • a new Mini-Player mode that runs as part of the Windows taskbar.
  • a new "Queue-It-Up" button that automatically adds selected media to the current play list.
  • new cross-fade and auto volume leveling controls for budding DJs.
  • audio and video speed controls separate from the pitch control.
  • improved deployment options.