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A Complementary Media Player

Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome is an add-on and tool created by Microsoft Open Technologies. The browser add-on and tool enables viewing of video files found on specific websites.

To Play Online Videos

Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome is built for playing video files that may require a special kind of media player. Sometimes an online video may ask for permission such as  'Windows Media Player is required to display some elements on the page”. A conventional method like directly opening them online is not reliable because some browsers lack the necessary reader or capability to read special formats. Updating the browser may take time in order to read new video formats. Everyone will have a peace of mind whenever they watch online videos No pop-ups will interrupt users attempting to open an online video. This is very ideal for playing podcasts and other types of videos. The add-on and tool is only designated for Google Chrome. Installation of the add-on is simplified into a drag-and-drop procedure. It is able to read online videos in MP4 format. MP4 is a common and standard video format widely used today. It also allows playback of videos coming from other Windows Media Player contents for other browsers as well. It also accepts H.264 encoded videos available in HTML5 webpages. This is perfect for Google Chrome has departed from supporting the native H.264 video format and the add-on can alleviate that minor problem. Reading H.264 encoded videos involves scanning and replacing of the video tags with this add-on and tool. The video tag replacement is only available if the video format is compatible with Windows Media Player. Users must remember that this add-on and tool lacks customization options compared to others.

Simple Video Player

Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome has a single job to play video files. Users can enjoy their videos whether they are MP4 or H.264. It has a simple functionality, at the same time consumes little system resource.


  • Play online videos on Google Chrome
  • Supports most video formats
  • Very light system requirements
  • Simple video controls


  • Limited for Google Chrome
  • Only supports MP4 and H.264
  • Chrome may eventually play any video format toady
  • Lacks customization options

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