VLC Media Player
If there's one software on this list that I expect to be available in the coming years, it's a VLC media player. If you don't know, VLC Media Player is a free and open source multimedia player that can play almost anything you want. On a computer running Windows 10, you can use VLC Player to play MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3, and more. Due to cross-platform availability, you can also use VLC Media Player on a variety of platforms, including Linux, macOS, Unix, iOS, and Android.
One area where the VLC media player can be improved is design. I understand why nonprofits stick to the "when everything works, don't fix it" approach, but not everyone likes the VLC interface. If you need a visually appealing version of VLC, you can try UWP in the Microsoft Store, but it doesn't support DVD or Blu-ray.
Supported file formats:
MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3
• You don't have to pay a cent. This is a free and open source application
• Stay away from annoying ads and spyware
• Minimal downloads and installations
• Some file types and codecs are not supported