Despite its less than perfect launch, the VLC port for Microsoft’s modern platform is a certified hit. A new VLC for Windows 8.1 has just been made available for download.

And this new build ticks all the right boxes — it comes with a fresh new UI, a bunch of new features, and according to VideoLAN, huge performance improvements. All areas where the previous version need improvements.

The new interface makes the app a fair bit easier to use.

With a cleaner look that displays all the options on the left side of the screen, the content has the right portion all to itself. Thumbnails make it easy to find and locate your chosen video clips.

Interestingly, the developers still label this as a beta version.

And rightly so, people are encountering a few bugs here and there, from errors during music playback, to the app outright crashing at start. Then again, this was the case for some in the original iteration of this application, meaning a lot of work still remains.

Oh, and it still lacks the ARM version, only available for x86 and x64 builds of Windows 8.1.

Yes, you read that right. The app now only works on Windows 8.1, leaving those running the core Windows 8 no choice but to upgrade if they want access to it.

Speaking of which, you can get access to it here.

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