Re: I can hardly believe another MS issue
"MS deprecated WMP some time ago, from their perspective they can hardly be blamed for not including it in any tests."
If they are shipping it, they should test it. If they don't want to test it, they shouldn't ship it.
As others have already implied, there are better and equally free media players out there. It would not detract from the usefulness of Windows if they pulled WMP, or a number of other applets to be honest. (Like, nearly all of the Metro craplets that are still cluttering up the new Start Menu.)