The Microsoft Media Platform team has released version 1.1 of the Player Framework for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The release includes a number of improvements, and is targeting developers who are building media apps (much like the Vimeo app - pictured above). The framework supports Silverlight, HTML5, Xbox, as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps.

What's interesting to note is that the Windows Phone 8 version of the framework is based on the Windows 8. According to the framework listing over on Codeplex, this release includes the following:

  • Combined Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions into a single Visual Studio extension SDK.
  • Misc changes under the hood to Windows 8 version to align with WP8 version
  • New in-stream closed caption support for smooth streaming
  • New analytics plugin to target MMP Audience Insight servers
  • New MediaControlsPlugin to support Windows 8 media transport controls out of the box.
  • New property in Xaml: AdSchedulerPlugin.SeekToAdPosition to control resume position after scrubbing past ad break.
  • AdHandlerPlugin.CancelActiveAds is now awaitable
  • Support for HTMLResource and IFrame nonlinear ads
  • Support for CDATA use in TTML
  • Poster support in WP8 version
  • Volume control now works when playing an ad without main content
  • Linear ads now inherit AudioCategory property from main player
  • Memory leak fixes

You can download the Player Framework from Codeplex.

Source: Windows Blog; thanks, Stanislav, for the tip!