VideoLAN President and VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf, based in Paris, France, graciously agreed to talk to us about the recent release of the Windows 8 VLC application.  It has been a long journey for VideoLAN which originally started a KickStarter for the Win8 VLC project in late November of 2012.  Lately Mr. Kempf has been spearheading efforts to get VLC on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone.  We had a very open and honest conservation about the WinRT development platform and the future of VLC. 1) Why did VideoLan feel it was important to make a WinRT VLC application for Windows 8/8.1?  Well, VLC needs to be everywhere on all platforms.  Windows RT and Windows Phone are new platforms, and we need to support them.  Moreover, we never know how the platform will extend, so it is a good idea to try to reach all of them. 2) ...

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@dovellonsky we plan to release on the store on Monday. — VideoLAN (@videolan) March 5, 2014   VideoLAN has today confirmed via Twitter that they are planning to release VLC Player in Windows Store on Monday(03/10/2014). After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback. The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base. After multiple rejections in Windows Store, good to hear that it has finally passed the certifications. Also, the player is still a work in progress and don’t expect all the features in the version that is coming on Monday. Features of the v1 of this app coming on Monday, • Support for the entire music and video library. • Supports full touch. • Support Snap View. • advice on songs and ...

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Last week, we reported about VLC Player for Windows 8‘s upcoming Zune like UI. Yesterday, VideoLAN team shared more screenshots of the current UI they are working on. Also he provided a shot update on the progress of the work, they are going to submit in to Windows Store in next couple of days. We’ve worked a lot on the audio crashes, and finally decided to rewrote the audio stack for Windows Metro platforms. Hopefully, this will allow us to finally pass the Store validation. This kept us busy during the holidays. See more screenshots below. Source: VLC ...

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