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I was doing my usual, pointless web browsing today when I realized something strange. A video link I had opened started playing in a beta version of Windows Media Player. ...
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    Windows Media Player in Firefox???


    I was doing my usual, pointless web browsing today when I realized something strange. A video link I had opened started playing in a beta version of Windows Media Player. I thought that was very unusual seeing as how most (OK, all) of the video media I view on the Internet is opened by the mplayer plugin. Has Firefox started integrating Windows Media into their browser? Because I certainly don't have any version of it anywhere on this computer. Here's a screenshot in case you don't believe me.

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    I think it is just a flash object with the look of WMP.
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    It does look convincing and it is off the MSN site but then again, it doesn't make logical sense. Juan Pablo is probably right - it's likely a flash object. Curiously though, have you tried any other wmv feeds? It won't work but if it does, how did you do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryansmith
    Curiously though, have you tried any other wmv feeds? It won't work but if it does, how did you do it?
    What won't work? I just checked it out again. Right-clicked on the video and got an option to view information about Adobe Flash Player 9 so it looks like you were right Juan Pablo. I guess I just don't understand why Microsoft wouldn't just use their own format on their own website. Maybe Flash is just more prevalent now. Whatever it is, it's pretty interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrillhouse
    I guess I just don't understand why Microsoft wouldn't just use their own format on their own website. Maybe Flash is just more prevalent now.
    I think the same thing.

    I had figured maybe you got wmp to work under wine or some other convoluted way.

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