Windows Media Player plugin updated

Windows Media Player plugin for Firefox setupYesterday, 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,

4 thoughts on “Windows Media Player plugin updated”

  1. I don’t get it. People [in here, on digg and slashdot] say the new plug-in provides OCX scripting interfaces, but my script still couldn’t access controls as it did in IE. document.getElementById(‘player’).object did not return the player control object.

    There are no official release notes neither docs talk about the feature also. I doubt it’d fixed anything.

  2. timdream: digg, slashdot and myself are quoting the Port 25 post. The announcement also says that documentation and code examples will be available in “the next few days”, so I guess it’s just a matter of waiting to see how to do this.

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  4. My script can not access controls as it does in IE. document.getElementyId(“player”).object don’t return player control object. I read all most all mozilla knowledge base for windows media player documents but still could not find any breakthrough.

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