VLC for Windows 8 confirmed close, Windows Phone soon after

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In an update to their Kickstarter page, the VLC team has confirmed that they are close to releasing a Windows 8 Metro version of their video player.

The x86 version is closest to release, having been submitted to the Windows Store already, but having failed certification after an audio crashed.

At present the port supports all the usual VLC formats, file and network stream support and even basic subtitles.

The team are still working on some small bugs and hope to re-submit the app for certification this weekend.

They also promise to open source the code after a successful release.

On the ARM version, which includes Windows Phone, they write:

At the same time, we’re spending quite a bit of time to get a working version for ARM, so we can deploy on Windows RT too. We don’t know exactly how much time, but we hope it’s a matter of weeks. The issues are mostly compiler related.

Windows Phone should not need a lot of extra work for the API, but will require some work for files management. Adaptation of the basic UI should be simple enough. 

Read more at the Kickstarter page here.

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