VLC for Windows 10 gets updated, a look at the key features and bugfixes

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VLC for Windows 10 gets the long awaited update featuring a new name, 'VLC' instead of the old 'VLC for Windows 8' with a charming look, matching the interface of Windows 10. Which means that the user interface has received a major overhaul to match the new Windows 10 style. Also, it includes a new mini-player which works equally well.
A look at the updated version of VLC for Windows 10
App developer Thomas Nigro stated in an official blog post:

It’s been a long time since we updated the VLC app on the Windows Store. Last update was released on May, 19th, and April 23rd on Windows Phone. Today, we’re releasing an update on VLC for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It has been optimized to run flawlessly on Windows 10. This new version brings tons of changes and bugfixes.
The interface blends perfectly to the Windows 10 UI

It's also worth mentioning that even though it brings many new features and improvements, the beta version of VLC for Windows Phone might contain new bugs as well. The list of improvements is quite big and some of the key highlights are mentioned below:

Core:

  • Subtitles should be display at the right position and size
  • External SRT (using file picker) feature working again
  • Subtitles with multiples lines may cause the app to crash
  • Improved hardware decoding
  • Some videos may cause the app to crash
  • Volume control now working

User Interface:

  • Reworked Home page design
  • Reworked File Explorer page design (sidebar showing different folders to explore)
  • Prevent duplicated videos in ViewedVideos collection
  • Minimize/Expand/Close buttons background color were'nt the same as the main part of the TitleBar => TitleBar is now fully transparent
  • Add animations in the Music Now Playing view
  • Bottom MiniPlayer Buttons width increased for touch devices
  • Easier to access to Hardware Decoding settings

Bug Fixes:

  • Remove duplicate artist background picture in the MiniPlayer
  • Accurately refreshing the list of audio tracks and subtitles
  • Default speed rate value was wrong (0.5 instead of 1)
  • Fix Background picture squaling issue in the Win2D Slideshow component
  • Restore the previous window size when exiting MiniPlayer mode
  • Don't resume a video when it was paused when leaving the app
  • Fixed VideoPlayer controls appearing randomly
  • Open Stream is no longer expanded off screen when a long link is pasted
  • Prevent playing audio music file while a video is playing (WP only)
  • Fix navigation bug between home pages
  • Usual bug squashing

Features:

  • (Temporary hack) Open subtitle file in the folder if it has the same name as the video
  • Users can also set "File explorer" page as their home page

This version of VLC should work on Windows 10 Mobile Preview as well, but Thomas Nigro claims that “phones get easily hot” while running the beta.The update for Windows 10 Mobile will arrive at the end of next week, according to Nigro, so grab the update for your desktop in the mean time.

You can now Download VLC from the Windows Store for free via your PC. And, also make sure to download VLC beta for Windows Phone for your Windows phone as well. The application should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Windows Phone 8 and up. 

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