VLC media player for Windows 8/RT greenlit by Microsoft, a WP8 port coming too

VLC media player for Windows 8/RT greenlit by Microsoft, a WP8 port coming too
You know VLC, right - the cross-platform media player that runs everything thrown at it. That is why we were thrilled to hear that the VLC team has launched a Kickstarter campaign for porting the player to Windows 8/RT. Given the lack of a comprehensive video player in the Windows Store, this is certainly great news, especially for RT tablet owners, as Win 8 can just run the x86 versions.

To top it all off, now the VLC crew announced that they've collected north of $20,000 so far, and are branching out into porting the player to Windows Phone 8 as well.

It turned out that, due to the common kernel, writing the code for WP8 wouldn't be as hard as they thought, and they even contacted Microsoft for help. The boys from Redmond were actually thrilled by the idea, and started helping the developers:



This actually resolves many of the concerns that initial backers at Kickstarter had, about the legality of the project, since we know what kind of video players land stock for Microsoft's newest operating systems. It turns out that the GNU GPL licences are compatible with Redmond's requirements, though, and the team even hopes to start distributing their codecs directly through the Windows app store.

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7 Comments

1. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Great news for Windows Phone users.

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Wow I hope it will be featuring subtitle and audio stream switching feature... I need that all the time.

3. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Add the Xbox to that family and we will have a very happy Windows family :)

4. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

if this brings mkv and subtitle support then microsoft would be foolish not to allow them

5. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This will never happen™®©

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

This is why the Microsoft app store will do well. They are directly helping developers get things done and with that shared kernel, it really does make things much easier for them. I personally cannot wait to start building my own app. I will look forward to contacting Microsoft for that. Makes me wonder though, when is PhoneArena going to create an app for Win 8?

7. heathc

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

GREAT news! Just got my Surface RT yesterday and this was the first and biggest problem I ran into - no way to play my legit, legal, purchased digital copies and downloads of movies on my Surface RT! Any news on when it will be available?

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