Yesterday, Microsoft released an updated version of the Windows Media Player plugin for Firefox that allows it to shows Windows Media videos in the recently released Windows Vista.
The plugin works with Windows XP SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) as well and according to the Port 25, Microsoft’s Open Source Labs blog it brings a “new robust design that addresses all of the known issues with the old plug-in” and adds support for the Windows Media Player OCX scripting interfaces”.
I haven’t had a problem with any embedded Windows Media video in the past in Windows XP SP2 Professional including the most recent WMP 11, but installed it anyway. So far I can’t tell any difference in performance or user interface, but the added OCX scripting interfaces should allow better control for web developers and a better user experience as documentation is released in the next few days, as announced.
You can get the updated plugin from Microsoft’s Port 25,