You read that right – Windows 11 is actually bringing CD playback to Windows Media Player, while Notepad is able to run better on ARM PCs like the Surface Pro 4.
On a update (opens in new tab) which is rolling out to Windows Insider Build users, which allows some to see features that may or may not come to Windows 11, Notepad and Media Player are seeing some features due to user feedback.
Notepad can run faster and more reliably on devices running ARM chips, such as scrolling through large amounts of text, as well as offering better accessibility for scaling text, screen readers, and more.
Meanwhile, Media Player now has an improved preview view for large album covers and the ability to sort tracks by date added, and music CDs can be played on Windows 11 devices that have a CD drive installed. .
Analysis: Start digging up your CD collection
Most of us remember when we put a CD album on our PCs and laptops and waited for Windows Media Player 7 to come along with its fun previews.
While we’ve seen the return of Media Player in Windows 11, Microsoft seems to be doubling down on nostalgia for how we used to use Windows in the early 2000s.
The only thing missing now is the bizarre skins (opens in new tab) that you can use in the app, from a green head to a cartoon UI. But with CD playback now possible, there’s always a chance we’ll see this also return in Windows 11 soon, especially with Sun Valley 2 being released.