Why doesn't Microsoft provide MP4 codec for WMP 11?

Why should we have to go to outside sources to get codecs?  Why doesn't MS provide new codecs in their Updates as new ones come out?
 

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Last updated August 31, 2018 Views 77,024 Applies to:
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Hello CaliRefugee,

Thank you for posting.  I have additional information for you.  WMP 11 will play mp4 files without codecs but you won't be able to add them to the library.  What you need is a Tag Support Plug-in for Windows Media Player.  This Plug-in will allow mp4 files to be added to the library of Media Player.  I've included a link to WMP plug-ins forum with more information on it. 
http://www.wmplugins.com/MessageBoards/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=11250


Please let me know if it helps you.
Zack
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Why should we have to go to outside sources to get codecs?  Why doesn't MS provide new codecs in their Updates as new ones come out?
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Can't help you with the "why"...but maybe it would be worth
a try to download and install the Vista Codec Package:

Vista Codec Package
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Vista-Codec-Package/1159994557/1

Also...the free VLC Media Player can be useful also:

VLC Media Player
http://www.videolan.org/



John Inzer - MS-MVP - Digital Media Experience
.......Volunteer J - MS-MVP......
.....This Is Not Tech Support....
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