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Windows 8.1 App Watch: RealPlayer Cloud

Remember this time last year when there were very few true multimedia players available on the Windows Store? The community was eagerly waiting for the release of VLC Player for Windows 8.

Well, it is still waiting, but now there are a bunch of good options available.

And one of the best ones that offers support for a larger variety of file formats (including MKV) in a very neatly designed package is RealPlayer Cloud. Published by Real Networks, this free app merges the world of multimedia and cloud, and does so refreshingly.

Here is what the developers have to say in the official description:

“RealPlayer Cloud enables you to move, watch and share your videos! Upload your videos to RealPlayer Cloud and watch them on your Windows computer, Windows Tablet, iPhone, iPad, other smartphones, TV through Roku, and popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

No more worrying about formatting or converting videos, or carrying HDMI and USB cables. It just works. Get 2 GB of space when you signup – free!”

So there you have it — a rich package that not only supports popular formats like FLV, AVI, MP4 and MKV, but also integrates cloud features that can be used to upload clips and watch them later.

The design of the app is Metro inspired with big bold boxes and tiles, and looks great. It also supports full tablet functionality thanks to its support of ARM based processors and a touch optimized interface. If you are the type that plays with media files regularly, then this free app is well worth a try.

Click here to check out RealPlayer Cloud on the Windows Store.

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