VLC app is on the Windows 11 Store to provide complete codec support
It is said that the open-source and free VLC has long been developed UWP version and released to the Microsoft Store, but the general platform version is relatively weak in terms of function support.
For example, the universal platform version does not support DVD playback and the codec support is incomplete, so many users still choose to install the traditional desktop version directly.
However, after Microsoft announced that the app store supports traditional desktop applications, now VLC also releases its traditional desktop version, which is the Win32 version, to the Microsoft Store.
This version has complete function support and comes with a rich codec. In terms of actual functions, it is indeed better than the UWP version provided in the original Store.
After testing, there is no difference between the VLC player of the Microsoft Store version and the one downloaded from the VLC official website.
Therefore, in fact, the role of the Microsoft Store is more like a download channel, only providing the initial download service, and the subsequent software is still upgraded through the built-in update module.
In addition, the current desktop version of the VLC player is only available in the Windows 11 Store, and it is still impossible to install it if you search the Windows 10 Store.
Of course, the advantage of downloading from the Microsoft Store is that you don’t have to worry too much about carrying viruses or downloading to the copycat version.
In the future, more and more traditional desktop software may be put on the Microsoft Store. It is also a good choice for users to download software directly through the Microsoft Store.