Windows 8.1 App Watch: VLC For Windows 8

Oh it feels good typing this! At the very least we will not have to deal with horror stories of how the release got delayed once again, for one reason or another. And at the most, Microsoft’s modern OS has now got another important application.

VLC for Windows 8 has just been released on the Windows Store.

Not for Windows RT users, though — even if they needed an app like this more than the x86 and x64 versions of the operating system. But this feature rich app, in its initial form (beta) brings a lot of goodness for touch based users of Windows. And it is quite intelligently designed too.

More on that below, but first things first, the official description:

“VLC for Windows 8 is an experimental port of VLC media player for the WinRT platform. VLC media player is an open source application that plays all multimedia file formats, from files, streams and discs on all platform. This application will play most video file formats, including Ogg, FLAC and MKV.”

So there you go, file format support is locked in. The app supports most major formats.

And more than this, it is fully compatible with the desktop version of the software (VLC media player), and plays nicely with it if you have set it as the default video player. And unlike the desktop program, it auto-pauses videos when you switch away from the app.

But all these little usability enhancements are nothing if the quality is not there, and VLC for Windows 8 delivers on this front too. Video quality is as good as the desktop version, though it still lacks many of the advanced features. For a free app, though, can’t complain.

Click here to check out VLC for Windows 8 on the Windows Store.

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