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VLC 2.2 for Windows: Hands-on first impressions

By Jon L. Jacobi | March 2, 2015
Products that try to be all things to all people are typically mediocre at everything. The free and open-source VLC--the VideLAN player--comes closer to pulling it off than any software on the market, paid or free.

If you're back on VLC versions 2.0.x or 2.1.x, there's no reason not to upgrade that I could find, and several reasons to take the plunge. The interface, though in a glacial rate of development, is getting better.

Addendum: VLC 3.0

VideoLan is already hard at work on version 3.0. I'm hoping for a revamped interface, but all that's promised is hardware decoding and acceleration to more platforms, better support for mp4, adaptive streaming and TS streams, and partial ChromeCast integration.

Update:  This story, originally published on July 13, 2012, has been completely updated with our first hands-on impressions of VLC 2.2.


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