Free Video Player App For Windows 8: SimPl@y

SimPl@y is a free video player app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices with a clean looking minimalistic interface. The player allows you to play a large range of video formats including avi, mp4, etc. and also allows you to easily edit the title etc. metadata of the video file. The app is pretty polished, and offers one click access to most of its features which allow you to easily handle and manage your video files. The app is lightweight, and doesn’t drain a lot of battery on portable Windows 8 devices.

SimPl@y is available as a free download from the Windows App Store.

SimPl@y main screen

Main features of SimPl@y for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:

When you install and launch SimPl@y on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device, you will be presented with an interface which resembles the above screenshot.

By default, the app will point to the Videos directory and will show you the videos stored there in the main screen. You can choose to change the directory by clicking on the Videos tab at the top of the screen, which reveals a pop up menu that will allow you to easily change the directory. This menu is shown more clearly in the below screenshot.

SimPl@y choose directory

You can easily choose either one of the popular directories, or you can pick a directory via the Pick Directory button. Another great feature of the app is that it allows you to easily edit the metadata of the file in question by simply right clicking on the file, and clicking the Edit button. Once you click on the Edit button, you will be presented with the metadata editing screen which looks like the below screenshot.

SimPl@y edit information

Once you have made the necessary changes in the metadata editing screen, you can choose to save these changes by clicking on the Save button at the bottom of the screen, and hence your changes will be made permanent. You can click on a file in the directory to begin the playback, and you will be taken to the playback screen which looks like the below screenshot.

SimPl@y video playback

As you can see above, the video player screen is pretty simple and minimalistic which allows you to play, pause, stop, forward etc. via the onscreen controls and the controls present at the bottom in the control bar. You can always go back to the previous screen by using the back arrow button at the top left corner of the screen. Overall, this makes for a good video player app for any Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device.

You can also check out the Movies Player and player(Video) app for Windows 8 devices.

The verdict:

SimPl@y makes for a great video player app which is lightweight and supportive of many video formats. The app makes for a good download for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, and is definitely worth a look. Overall, the minimalist design of the app and the functionality have won me over, and hence I can safely say that the app is powerful and a perfect desktop video player app replacement!

I rate the app a 4 out of 5!

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