i quite dislike how it looks in that screenshot. don't think i will be updating vlc until whenever i reformat my pc...2013 probably.
The Windows UI is still bare and simple, but in a bad way. Mac's is better and improved on this version as pointed out in the story, however the RC is still too slow and resource intensive compared to the outgoing 1.x version.
For me, I use VideoLAN on every machine, but not just one version, I keep a few older installers on hand, I also install MP 10, not 9 or 11, since 10 looks just right to me (dating back to 2004)
VideoLAN allows audio to sync to video when they are off, for that, it's priceless in my eyes. For Flash video, use SoThink's free player! I tried MediaPlayer Classic, unimpressed