For a while now, the biggest draw to the blog has been the post "Will there be a Windows Media Player 12?" but the last few days have seen a ridiculously large volume of traffic (in excess of 300 visits per day) to that one post resulting mainly from search engine queries - here's a example of a top ten sources from MyBlogLog
The obvious question was why? A few searches of my own revealed a rather suspicious Windows Media Player 12 Beta 1 package doing the rounds but, the fact that this was only available from torrent sites and not in English should instantly set the alarm bells ringing.
Being the curious sort I checked it out and found that, as suspected, it is a fake. The wmp12.exe file contains a hacked Windows Media Player 11 installer designed to look like a new version
but the setup_wm.exe within the package gives the game away
The installer package has been rigged to install a file called WMP12.exe but this just install an old version 10 file in to Program Files\Windows Media Player\Visualizations.
So, the simple message is don't bother installing it as it's not real. If there is a WMP 12 beta and I am on the program you can be assured that I will blog it providing that is it not in breach of NDA to do so.
Randomelements: testing things out so you don't have to!