VLC media player for Windows 8.1 released

Among all media player software you can find, there is only one that always stands out, VLC. This media player can play virtually any type of media files regardless of the extension. Today the team behind the open source project has announced a new version of VLC for Windows 8.1, and you can download the latest build visiting the link at the bottom of this article.

It’s worth noting that you should uninstall any previous version of the modern VLC, before installing this new release. Also this version is only compatible with x86 and x64 PCs, a version for ARM-based devices running Windows RT still under development.

Here is what’s new with VLC for Windows:

  • libVLC 2.2.0 core
  • Redesign user interface
  • Performance improvements
  • Use of Winsock for networking instead of WinRTsock
  • Windows 8.1 widgets
  • Code upgraded to Universal apps for future release of Windows Phone 8.1 version.


This app only works with Windows 8.1, for previous versions of Windows, you should install the desktop version of VLC instead.

The version of VLC for Windows 8.1 plays all kind of media files including MKV, FLAC, Ogg.

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