VLC for Windows 8 funding campaign ends with £47,056

One of the most popular free media players is now officially headed to Microsoft's three latest operating systems. The team at VideoLAN has now ended its campaign on Kickstarter crowd sourced-based website to fund development of VLC for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.

The original goal was £40,000, which was exceeded several days ago. This morning, the campaign ended with a total of £47,056. That's the equivalent of just over $76,000. In a brief message on the Kickstarter page, the team simply stated, "Thank you" to all of their Kickstarter backers and added, "We'll keep you posted about our developments very quickly!"

In our recent interview with members of the VideoLAN team, they told us the reasons why they wanted to bring a version of VLC to the "Modern" UI of Windows 8:

VLC on Windows is used by a huge number of people. As Microsoft is moving to "Modern" and will probably push and improve this "Modern" experience with each of their annual releases, it seems really important that users can still play all their media without needed to rebuy them. And for us, it means supporting all the users devices. Running within the desktop experience severely hurts the usability, so it is important to us to provide an easy way for our users to access VLC's capabilities. We believe, that being open source and adware/spyware free, with integrated codec, VLC is in the right position to deliver the best offer to the users.

The money from the Kickstarter campaign will be used to jump start development of the Windows 8 version of VLC. It should be ready for release in a few months time, rather than in a couple of years if the fund raising goal had not been achieved.

Source: Kickstarter | Image via VideoLAN

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This will be great for my surface because atm I'm not all that happy with the music app, m8 is alright but I think VLC may jut hit the nail on the head!

Any Modern app is good as it will help stop any fragmentation of the UI.

As long as when I'm in the desktop by choice it will launch the usual framed UI as expected.

As far as I know, one advantage is the easier method of installation and uninstallation. There's no wizards to deal with, and nothing left behind. No registry settings, no left over folders, etc.

Of course being touch friendly is the main reason why there is a new interface. Modern apps also use Windows 8's new functions such as integrated search. But I can understand why an experienced user wouldnt see any benefit to this. I personally do like the new functionality and I find myself replacing more and more desktop apps with modern apps.

But for now having VLC in the modern UI isnt very important to most users. However should the new Windows become a succes in the future (touch-)computer market it's very important for VideoLAN to have VLC in the new interface. At that point the desktop will be the same as DOS-mode in Win95, VLC will need to be available in the new or get replaced by something else.

For now having VLC in the modern UI is more important to Microsoft than to the average PC user. It will help promote Windows as a mobile and touch OS.

Kyang said,
As far as I know, one advantage is the easier method of installation and uninstallation. There's no wizards to deal with, and nothing left behind. No registry settings, no left over folders, etc.

And no words involved with updates. It would be nice to know what has changed.

Orange Battery said,
Im trying but Im still not seeing the point of most metro apps (unless your on a tablet)

I'm liking the new Windows environment. Unless I need to do something specific on the desktop like VS or any of my engineering programs, I don't see an issue sticking to the new Windows UI.

Chugworth said,

And no words involved with updates. It would be nice to know what has changed.

I agree with you on this. Currently, all change notes have to be checked one by one in the "Details" section of app's page in the Windows Store. And sometimes change notes are not given at all, while other times, it's only the most recent changes with no where to see what was changed in past updates.

It's an improvement in the sense that the user only has to check one place for updates and be referred to change notes. But it could be further refined in collating all the change notes into one place as well.

Good news. The existing Metro media players are all decent, but this looks like it'll have quite a few better features.

I would like to see MPC-HC, MMPC-HC? (Metro Media Player Classic - Home Cinema)? Can we add a few more letters?