A technical beta copy of Windows Media Player 10 is now available for download from Microsoft. Company representatives say they plan to use the beta to gather feedback on new features before the final release later this year.
Other improvements in Media Player 10 include a streamlined interface. Basic features like ripping, burning, and synching to devices are easier to find. The look of the window takes up much less space, and no longer has an annoying left-side panel. The design slims down much better, to the point where the window can be resized into a playback controls-only view.
Download: Windows Media Player 10