The developers behind open source media player VLC have released a second major version of their Windows Store app.

VLC 0.1.0 picks up where the initial VLC beta left off earlier this year, providing a full-screen, touch-friendly user interface for finding and playing music and videos.

The update brings a new user interface and performance and stability improvements.

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The team is also working on bringing VLC to Windows RT so it can run on tablets with ARM-based chips like the Microsoft Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520. But that version’s not ready to go yet.

VLC 0.1.0 requires Windows 8.1 or later. It won’t run on Windows 8. And it clearly won’t run on older versions of Windows which don’t include the Windows Store at all. You can still install the desktop version of VLC on those systems… or on Windows 8.1.

Among other things the latest version of VLC uses the libVLC 2.2.0 core, uses Winsock instead of WinRTsock for networking, and uses Universal Windows app code so that this version can eventually be ported to run on Windows Phone as well as Windows 8.1 and Windows RT.

The new user interface includes a dual-panel layout that makes it easier to switch between categories including home, videos, music, and removable devices.

The app also supports Microsoft’s Windows 10 technical preview, which allows you to run VLC in full-screen or windowed modes.

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3 replies on “VLC 0.1.0 media player for Windows 8.1 released”

  1. As mentioned VLC can be a little rough sometimes but it is so versatile that one can forgive… usually.
    Awesome that the refinements continue!

  2. I’m glad a major application (to me) like VLC is working towards a good Modern UI version. While I prefer MPC-HC over VLC due to VLC being a little flaky especially when you start doing to many things (ie. jumping back and forth in a video a lot), I’d definitely use it once it’s out of beta.

    I mostly just want swipe gestures to fast forward/rewind and volume control.

  3. When is Chromecast support coming for VLC desktop? They promised it months ago iirc

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