An update late last night by VLC’s twitter account revealed they are re-submitting their app to the Window 8/8.1 Store “soon.” It seems they are close to squashing whatever bugs that caused their app to be rejected last week.
Now I believe the original plan was to get VLC working on full Windows 8 first and then WinRT due to some minor api differences. Hopefully if the team is able to submit the app tomorrow we may be able to download the app within a week’s time.
Just a quick refresher on the timeline:
- VLC asks for funding via Kickstarter in late November of 2012
- By late December 2012 VLC has raised nearly $75,000
- Update on 90% completion in early April 2012
- Update on unforeseen challenges in early June 2012
- Further updates in Oct & Dec 2013 of Audio Bug
- Audio stack re-written in January 2014, UI revamped
- Failed submission in Windows Store early February 2014
It is quite typical for software to be off-schedule. But as we now over a year past the original kickstarter funding campaign people are starting to get antsy. Many of the ambitious goals in the original project, support for DLNA, SmartGlass Integration, and more has been cancelled. I will be keeping a close eye on VLC’s progress, stay tuned to Microsoft-News for the latest coverage.
See our previous updates of the windows 8 VLC app: