Plex gets Windows client, cloud service, media sharing

The folks behind the media center software Plex rolled out a massive update this weekend that added a bunch of new features to their desktop and mobile clients and also extended the reach of Plex by adding media sharing and a personal cloud service.

Here are the biggest updates in a nutshell:

  • The new version of the Plex app, code-named Laika, is now officially available for Windows. Users of Microsoft’s (s MSFT) operating system as well as Mac OS X and Linux users can download both the Plex client and the Plex media server from the Plex website.
  • Accessing media through the Plex iOS (s AAPL) and Android (s GOOG) apps got much easier, thanks to a new personal cloud service called myPlex. After registering on Plex’s website, users can now access the content library of their personal Plex media server on their home PC from anywhere without entering IP addresses or using DynDNS-like services.
  • myPlex also supports a personal video queue. Like a video while you’re at work? Simply add it to the queue with a bookmarklet, and you’ll be able to watch it on your TV via your Plex media center at home. This is very similar to what Boxee has been doing with its bookmarklet.
  • Plex also introduced the capability to share media with friends. Users simply have to sign up for myPlex and then choose which part of their media library their friend should have access to.
  • The Plex client for Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, which is the work of a third-party developer, is also getting a major facelift in conjunction with this release.

Check out the Plex blog for a more detailed list of new features. In any case, this is a pretty impressive release, and it once again shows that the Plex team has been working on high gears this year, pushing out one update after another. Plex is of course based on XBMC, just like Boxee, which now has to step up and finally release the long-promised update to its Mac and PC client if it doesn’t want to cede too much of the HTPC media center market to Plex.