VLC for Windows 8 funding exceeds Kickstarter goal

Windows 8 owners will officially be able to get a version of the popular VLC media player for its "Modern" UI in (hopefully) a few more months. Today, the Kickstarter fund raising campaign to speed up development of the software went over their £40,000 goal with five days to go.

The Kickstarter page included a news update from the VideoLAN team but that update was for backers only. In our previous interview with members of the team, they indicated that while a Windows 8 version of VLC would have been made eventually, it would likely take a couple of years due to the time constraints of the all-volunteer team. They stated, "Therefore we started this fundraiser in order to contract known developers to work on it full-time, to bootstrap the important parts."

As previously announced, the Windows 8 team will also work on a port for VLC that will be made for Windows Phone 8 as well. With five days to go, it's also possible that the team could come up with some additional "stretch" goals for the campaign before it ends that could see some more features added to the Windows 8 VLC port.

Source: Kickstarter | Image via VideoLAN

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Great news, can't wait to download this! Once its out the only desktop programs I'll be using will be Microsoft's own office apps, which is ironic.

I've already unpinned the desktop app as it now only serves as a seperate environment in which I run a couple of legacy programs.

The 5th update on the Kickstarter page that's viewable by backers only basically thanks the 2500+ backers who raised £40K, and says that they're making another update to lay out additional ideas. It also says they're excited to work on this and make VLC the best possible experience they can provide.

That's great. Win 8 desperately needs well made Modern apps because still to this day the vast majority are absolute junk. No decent media players at all, no decent multi-protocol IM clients (other than IM+ which sucks badly on Win8), etc.

Obry said,
That's great. Win 8 desperately needs well made Modern apps because still to this day the vast majority are absolute junk. No decent media players at all, no decent multi-protocol IM clients (other than IM+ which sucks badly on Win8), etc.

Skype is MSN, Skype and FB chat in one, so there _is_ a multi-IM just limited.
But I agree, except a few rarities, there is tons of useless junk in the market.

Windows Live will be discontinued early 2013, so the Messenger App will most likely disappear. This will make Skype the main messaging client on Windows.

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