W8 VLC Media Player May Come To WP8, gets Microsoft’s support, needs yours

Few weeks back VideoLAN announced their fundraiser to develop Windows Store compatible version of VLC Player for Windows 8 devices. Today the development shared their update on the progress of the Kickstarter campaign, it had two good news.

First, VLC Player may come to Windows Phone 8 as well.

The first important news is that a port of VLC to Windows Phone 8 appears to be easier than expected. While the roadmap is about Windows 8 for Intel followed by a version for Windows RT, it appears to be feasible to publish another version with a specific interface for Windows Phone shortly after, since the WP8 APIs are way more similar to Windows 8 than WP7 ones.

Therefore, this fundraiser will help developping a version of VLC for Windows Phone 8. Interestingly, while WP8 offers the same programming interfaces available to Windows 8 & RT apps, it is less restrictive in some regards. Notably our existing networking code is going to run as is.

Second, Microsoft is in touch with VideoLAN to help them in developing their app for Windows Store.

Then, we’ve been in touch with Microsoft representatives, who are thrilled about our endeavor and ready to collaborate with us. They are looking into ways of supporting us directly through non-financial matters, notably hardware, technical and design help. This is great news. Moreover, we’ve been in touch with several designers and some hardware chip vendors about this project.

After support from Microsoft, VideoLAN needs your support. They are planning to raise £40,000 and so far they have got only £13,599 from 1,027 backers. You can pledge even as little as £3 to get your name in the list of sponsors within the application.

Read their full update here and help them port their app.

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