VLC for Windows 8 passes Microsoft's certification but without its audio output

It's been almost a year since the VideoLAN team raised enough money via Kickstarter (close to $76,000) to work on a Windows 8 app for its very popular VLC video player. Since then, we have reported that the development of the app has taken much longer than first predicted, mainly because the team has had to stamp down what are known as "forbidden calls" in the program. Today, VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf sent Neowin an exclusive update on their progress and it looks like we are very close to an actual release.

Kempf sent over a link that showed that the VLC app had passed Microsoft's Windows App Certification Kit test, which the page shows was accomplished on September 23rd. That's the good news. The bad news? As Kempf told us, "In order to achieve that, we had to disable the audio output, but we are working on that, for the next couple of weeks."

Hopefully the audio output will be enabled quickly and Kempf assured us that more news on the VLC Windows 8 front will be announced "soon". It has certainly been a long wait for those people who donated money to the Kickstarter campaign so that the all volunteer team at VideoLAN could complete the Windows 8 app. We really do wish them the best of luck as they get close to the finish line.

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deadonthefloor said,

You presume that Mozilla are just using the 8.1 browser API and not porting their engine to the Windows Runtime.


At this point, they are not doing that; at least, there is no public news about it.

Also, because of the sandboxing and api restrictions, they can not port their engine to WinRT without crippling it a lot (similar to browser situation in iOS).

I can't wait to see how these guys did with this app. and I'd love to see an interview with them on the challenges for developing for Win 8.

Pretty sure they will. They had a kickstarter for it and that was on an international level. I'm one of the individuals who supported the project.

This is one of the bad sides of "modern" apps... there are so many API's and other interfaces we are so use to in a pure desktop environment, that porting all apps to modern apps gets very hard if you relied on older VC++ runtimes, or don't have system API's exposed to you now in "modern" apps... I know we can't port our desktop apps we write because a bunch of .NET calls we use aren't supported yet when used with the windows store model.... "modern" has a way to come yet

neufuse said,
This is one of the bad sides of "modern" apps...

I would argue that as one of the best sides of modern apps.

No more inconsistent implementations of Win32/COM+/DCOM and basically bad native code.....

Although, I'll give the VLC guys credit, their native work is top notch!

deadonthefloor said,

I would argue that as one of the best sides of modern apps.

No more inconsistent implementations of Win32/COM+/DCOM and basically bad native code.....

Although, I'll give the VLC guys credit, their native work is top notch!

there are a LOT of methods and properties in the .NET framework that are not supported in windows store apps, some of them you have to scratch your head at and wonder why didn't they implement this one... these aren't all native level or low level functions that are missing

OMG, a Working VLC player for windows RT with full mkv support and i'll buy a surface 2 immediately. The lack of an ability to install a codec pack in windows RT is the only thing holding me back right now from buying, but once VLC is available it's an instant purcahse!

What's performance like for you? I don't have an RT device to test. I tested it on my win8 x64 desktop and the app seemed to crash whenever I tried out an MKV file, until I switched it to "default renderer" from "native renderer"- so im not sure if it's working off the codecs I already have installed in my system. Also I couldn't get subtitles to work either (I need subtitles since most the mkv files I watch are foreign language)

Pretty good, there was not support for DTS for example at the beginning or multiple audio tracks or subtitles, but the author has been iterating on the app and it's now a solid reader. It's not as robust as a desktop VLC, but it still reads mkv/mp4/avi very well.

with the amount of crud currently in the MS Store, it's surprising VLC has taken this long lol I'm pleased they are making sure it's a quality product. Shame other devs aren't like them.

I haven't followed its development at all. Are they striving to be the end-all, be-all player like it is for the desktop? If so, good on them--the platform needs it.

freakyfriday said,
hope it works with 1080p and 720p Blu-ray rips!

You can already rip BluRay for playback, just use a standard format codec and a standard container.

Real close o the release, we've been reading it ever since the first 3 months were gone.
I don't like VLC, but I am pretty sure it will be a lot useful. And even I am going to try it myself, even not liking it very much.

BinaryDevotee said,
Real close o the release, we've been reading it ever since the first 3 months were gone.
I don't like VLC, but I am pretty sure it will be a lot useful. And even I am going to try it myself, even not liking it very much.

I tried VLC and I'm not fond of it either, playback isn't all that good compared to just getting a codec pack and using WMP

As far as I know, no. I asked this question on the kickstarter forum and they said they will be using their own framework.
Well, I asked that question because I am concerned with it as well.

Now all we need is a torrent app that will run in the background. I hope someone releases a good app compared to the current ones sitting on the store.

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