Microsoft didn’t really care about specific video or audio formats in the past. Windows could play the most standard formats but by far not all. This was really annoying specifically for .mkv files because they are widely used for video files and you always had to install separate codec packs or switch over to another video player. However these times seem to be gone, since Microsoft has brought MKV support already to Windows 10 and with it there came also .flac support which is a widely used audio format.
Now since a few days we know a trick how to install the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 on almost any Windows Phone device although Microsoft has not officially released the Update yet.
According to Windows Central the GDR2 Update brings, along with some UI changes in the settings app and some other nice little changes, also the ability to play .mkv files directly in the Xbox Video App. So that you do not need to convert the video file first or to install any additional apps on your phone to play these files, but can just straight copy these to your phone and play them.
Unfortunately the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 Update will not be released for all devices but this shouldn’t concern you since the settings app will be completly overhauled with Windows 10 for Phones anyway and also the support for .mkv playback will come with the upcoming big Update. So you will just have to wait a bit longer but will be able to do it in the end. On the phone .mkv files are not used that often anyway, at least I do not need it that often on my phone but I might be wrong.
If you are already a proud owner of the Microsoft Lumia 640 or you are planmning to get you the Lumia 540 you will be plessed to know that these two devices are shipped with the GDR2 Update pre-installed.
Feel free to let me know your opinion below in comments. Stay tuned for more information about the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones, Tablets and Desktop PC’s.
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