VLC app for Windows 8 planned for release Monday, March 10th

Fans of the VLC media player app may finally be able to download the first public Windows 8 version in less than a week. A post on the VideoLAN Twitter account earlier today stated that the app may be available to download from the Windows Store on Monday, March 10th.

The announcement may signal the end of a very long wait for the VLC app, which was funded in late 2012 by a successful Kickstarter campaign. A couple of weeks ago, the VideoLAN team announced that the Windows 8 VLC app had finally passed Microsoft's certification process but there were still a few more visual bugs to fix before the team was ready to unleash the app.

VLC for Windows 8 will reportedly lack a few features for its first release, according to Windowsblogitalia. One of them will be support for video subtitles. However, the first version will support Snap view, streaming of content, and will also allow for external storage devices like Flash drives and USB hard drives. Stay tuned as we plan to get more information about the first version of VLC for Windows 8 in the very near future.

Source: VideoLAN on Twitter | Image via VideoLAN

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Except no-one knows when the Windows RT version will be released. If only we had some clarity and firm assurances and promises that we knew would be kept.

oh.... crap! I thought by them releasing this in the store that it would be available on the regular Surface too! Rats.

No, there's no Store requirement that an app has to be available for both x86/x64 and ARM. The VLC guys plan to support both but at this point all we can do is keep waiting and twiddling our thumbs...

Awesome, I want to use tablet UI app designed for touch with my mouse and keyboard on desktop Windows. Not. I hope MS has paid the devs, otherwise I see little point in putting effort in this. Now, if it would be for RT, it would be a different story.

jpalo said,
I hope MS has paid the devs, otherwise I see little point in putting effort in this.
MS didn't but we backers sure did, to the tune of 75 to 80 thousand dollars (depending on exchange rate).

Wall-swe said,
Actually the version that is displayed and tested is the Windows RT VLC BETA.
Well WinRT is NOT Windows RT. The WinRT version for Windows 8 is what is supposedly coming this Monday. The Windows RT version? Who knows?

Romero said,
Well WinRT is NOT Windows RT. The WinRT version for Windows 8 is what is supposedly coming this Monday. The Windows RT version? Who knows?

You have things a little mixed up. WinRT is the "Modern" framework (the Metro equivalent of Win32). Windows RT is the locked down, desktop application-less OS.

No WinRT, no Windows RT.

Sszecret said,

You have things a little mixed up. WinRT is the "Modern" framework (the Metro equivalent of Win32). Windows RT is the locked down, desktop application-less OS.

No WinRT, no Windows RT.

No, I don't have things mixed up in the least though it looked like the person I was responding to did. Why do you think I specifically stated "WinRT version for Windows 8"? They've said they'll be releasing another "VLC WinRT version for Windows RT" in future, got it?

Romero said,
No, I don't have things mixed up in the least though it looked like the person I was responding to did. Why do you think I specifically stated "WinRT version for Windows 8"? They've said they'll be releasing another "VLC WinRT version for Windows RT" in future, got it?

Yes, but the WinRT component is common for both Win 8 & Windows RT.

Sszecret said,

Yes, but the WinRT component is common for both Win 8 & Windows RT.

Yeah, but coding for WinRT for Win8 doesn't mean the ARM version will automatically be available too. If it was a simple case of recompiling then we'd see both versions launch on the same day but the VLC guys have long stated this won't be the case.

Who knows though, perhaps given the massive delay they've got both up and running now and will launch them together. One can still hope.

Romero said,
coding for WinRT for Win8 doesn't mean the ARM version will automatically be available too.

I think this single sentence of yours is the hidden ugly truth that MS is silent about. MS spreads the bullshi t carefully, being not specific enough, and their marketing speech worded as if that would be the case. I mean as if writing the code in architecture-independent language in Visual studio, and in the end all you need to do is just click compile and tada, it generates automatically 3 binaries: 1 for x86, 1 for x86-64 and 1 for arm. Without extra effort. But what did I expect, its MS we are talking about.

Also how great is it to have the app finally see the light of day (perhaps) after eons and still have no subtitle support?

Weird, VLC displays subtitles for me. You mean the Windows 8 version won't support it for some reason?

Also, why would MS approve apps that drain the battery quickly? Good resource management is not a requirement for them? It should be!

Geezy said,
Weird, VLC displays subtitles for me. You mean the Windows 8 version won't support it for some reason?
We're talking about VLC Metro of course, not the desktop app, and as for subtitle support who knows when that will come? It's not a day 1 feature (see article above) and at this point whether day 1 will be this coming Monday is also not something I'd bet on.

Geezy said,
Also, why would MS approve apps that drain the battery quickly? Good resource management is not a requirement for them? It should be!
Do they test Store apps for battery drain? I sure hope so, but how comprehensive these tests are (if they are done) is something I'd be interested in knowing.

Geezy said,
I'm just surprised there isn't feature parity, that's all. Is anything else missing?
According to that WindowsBlogItalia article the limitations of this first (beta?) version after almost 1.5 years include no support for subtitles or multiple audio tracks in the video, and videos can only be classified alphabetically. We'll know about all the other limitations only when we can finally get our hands on it, not that I'm all that interested in the x86 Metro version anyway.

Edited by Romero, Mar 6 2014, 6:22am :

I hope its available for winRT because I don't like this dumb windows 8 and windows RT uni-system crap. Windows 8 doesn't need a vlc app right away because they can easily run the desktop version. Windows RT is in definite need of this app because the apps available now are crap when it comes to MKV playback.

I donated a sizable amount for the Windows RT and Phone versions myself, but long since gave up on them and bought PowerDVD Mobile (now called Power Media Player) and MoliPlayer Pro.

Oh, and it's funny (well not really of course) how people on Neowin get to know news and details from JB Kempf & co. much before us backers ever get any updates on Kickstarter. Makes us feel so very special to have placed our faith in them.

Why do you constantly write it is for Windows 8 when it really is also built for Windows RT?

I suggest you are using the term Windows Store for such apps on the future.

The Windows RT version is (was) actually far more required than one for Windows where the desktop app works fine. Who knows however when it will be released, if ever.

Good, if this works well with subtitles I can stop using MPC-HC on my tablet since it's not really the best when it comes to touch control.

Article said,

VLC for Windows 8 will reportedly lack a few features for its first release, according to Windowsblogitalia. One of them will be support for video subtitles.
More than a year and no subtitle support. Great job!

Saw that but no comment till we can actually check it out ourselves. Given the limitations though and that this is only being released for Windows 8, I won't be bothering with it when I can simply use the stable and under development for years desktop version instead.

Are you forgetting its DVD and Blu-Ray playback capabilities? Many would love to rip their library and carry a few videos with them on their tablet which, guess what, doesn't have a disc drive. You can also do this with your laptop to avoid carrying a bunch of discs with you, and watch something on your break.

It has great upscaling and deinterlacing features. It's also a media player that conveniently plays every video/music format without external codec packs, and offers great quality and post-processing features. It's as much for pirated content as any other media player! What sets this one apart is the quality and ease of use.

Personally, I use it for my browser plugin for video/audio playback, and to play my audio/video library on my laptop and tablet, but use XBMC for my MPC, PVR, disc playback, and streaming video plugins.

ACTIONpack said,
Most people use VLC for pirated movies and tv shows :-P

I actually only use it to watch Charter Cable with my HDHomeRun. It's DLNA/UPnP support is nice. Any system (Mac, Linux, or Windows) on the network becomes an instant Cable TV box.

ACTIONpack said,
Most people use VLC for pirated movies and tv shows :-P

I'd say this is kind of a broad/sweeping judgement based on anecdotal (your friends / online community) experience. I use VLC as my go to media player as a standard default (one of the first apps I install), then I will let individual apps take control as needed / if better.

The reason I love VLC is the inclusive codecs meaning no system wide codec pack installs are needed, at all, to play anything! Its so simple, install and play!

Then we have the fact that the app is so polished and runs like a dream, I concur though that the GUI isn't to everyone's tastes BUT for a for a single install - watch anything solution most people I show it to ignore this fact.

Really looking forward to the modern app release!

ACTIONpack said,
Most people use VLC for pirated movies and tv shows :-P

While this is true, I like to rip my family's disk collection to keep them in pristine condition. I can't tell you how many disks had been ruined by the kids or just dropping it by mistake. Now as soon as I get a movie, we rip it and put it in the basement with the others.

duddit2 said,
I concur though that the GUI isn't to everyone's tastes
Has skins available though I don't know if they support scripting of any sort.

Drewidian said,
Hopefully there will be a quick release for Windows Phone and Xbox One to follow... my NAS is ready

I so miss the System Video Player from XB360 on the XB1. All I want to do is be able to plug in the odd USB stick and play a video... that's not so much to ask for, from a $500 home entertainment hub device, is it?