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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  • Jake Phillips

    Wow! That screenshot looks crisp. The full version is going to be awesome if this is any indication.

    • Emily Williams

      I think the photo on the home screen of this article is even cooler! This should be an awesome app to have! Hearing the video quality is as good as the desktop version is all I needed to hear.

  • Seath

    Perfect app to use for about 2 seconds before it crashes…. Good job guys! I sure enjoyed the 2 seconds of use… after year of development?

    • Fahad Ali

      Let’s hope for a quick fix! This app won’t go far it the interface is not optimized and the stability issues are not fixed.

  • Ray C

    Thanks for including the link

    • Fahad Ali

      Nothing to it. 🙂

  • Ray C

    Worked ok for me

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, worked fine for me too, on a couple of computers. Not the glossiest of UI, but the app works as advertised. I have read reports of crashes, though, severe crashes.

  • Dave

    Yup. Two seconds or so in and it just crashes. Totally useless at the moment.

    • Fahad Ali

      I’m sure they’ll take into account all the feedback and release a more stable version. Maybe that is why they labeled it as beta.

      But these issues should not have been present at launch.

  • Charles Vance Gurley

    Finalllly! Multimedia 8 was an amazing app, (too bad they never updated after release) Time to go back to old reliable. Thanks!