VLC for Windows 8 passes Microsoft's certification; still no release date

We have been waiting for the VideoLAN team to release the first version of VLC for Windows 8 for well over a year since the end of their Kickstarter fund raising campaign. This week, one of the last hurdles before publication was met as the media player app passed Microsoft's certification for posting in their Windows Store.

VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf emailed Neowin with the news on Wednesday, and the VLC for Windows 8 page on Kickstarter also informed their backers of the news as well (the news is closed to non-backers). However, the app isn't quite ready to go live just yet. Kempf told Neowin there are "a couple of small fixes, notably on visual bugs" that still need to be corrected.

Because of this, Kempf said he didn't want to give a release date for the VLC app just yet, and we don't blame him. There has been times in the past year that the app seemed to be close to completion that turned out to be a tad optimistic. However, this time it really does feel that the Windows 8 VLC 8 is truly getting close to a public launch. Naturally, we will post an update when that happens.

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2014 xmas... LOL you are way too optimistic. 2020 sounds more reasonable, seeing the speed of progress these guys do.

The VLC team doesnt share anything with the public regarding this Windows 8 fork. I dont even know, if Microsoft allows sharing the source code of an app that has been published to Windows store. Maybe they allow, but I wouldnt even be surprised if in the 100 pages of EULA and Terms&condition jargon there is a sentence hidden that disallows this.

If there was anything in the Windows Store EULA that prevented open source apps I'm sure VLC wouldn't have ever considered it. Whether the app will ever be released, leave alone the source, is a different matter though.

Maybe they didnt read that Terms&conditions either... What point of time did the evolution went into the wrong direction so that people need to acknowledge ###### EULAs even just to enter the streets.

soder said,
Maybe they didnt read that Terms&conditions either
That would be a most foolish thing to do. No-one with basic common sense would take so much money from people and risk wasting so much time and resources on a project that wouldn't even be legally permissible. If you have been following the project closely you'd know about their previous statements:

we've been in touch with Microsoft representatives, who are thrilled about our endeavor and ready to collaborate with us. They are looking into ways of supporting us directly through non-financial matters, notably hardware, technical and design help. This is great news.
...
A significant number of backers asked about legal implications of a publication of VLC on the Windows Store. So far, the Windows Store terms and conditions seem to be compatible with the GNU GPL.
So clearly they've looked into it, had their legal team check out the T&C involved and also been in touch with MS who would have warned them if there was going to be a problem. There are no EULA-related excuses for the delay or lack of code sharing as far as I can see.

Edited by Romero, Feb 26 2014, 10:22am :

It is a great player but the dang thing loads so slowly, I can't tolerate it!

Can't believe the Windows 8 version is still not out.

Would be great....to only see an update on this when it's actually released. However, this is a little exciting but I refuse to be optimistic about seeing it anytime soon.

Who knows, by the time it's officially released, and is rock solid after a few updates, they'll have to start all over for Windows 9 (I'm joking...).

Hopefully it will be released to Xbox as well as WP. I'd looking forward to getting the ability to play the movies I've ripped on my NAS on my Xbox One.

Drewidian said,
Hopefully it will be released to Xbox as well as WP. I'd looking forward to getting the ability to play the movies I've ripped on my NAS on my Xbox One.
AT least for WP it's way too late since Moliplayer has been topdog there for a while now and is very good..

Lord Method Man said,
The Duke Nukem Forever of media players. Not expecting much from this app.

Did Duke Nukem Forever just pass certification for the Windows Store?

Romero said,
Way to miss the point.

What was the point?

VLC set itself an ambitious goal, ran into troubles with disallowed APIs, and has surmounted those difficulties.

Duke Nukem Forever set itself an ambitious goal, and did not achieve it.

This makes VLC very different from Duke Nukem forever.

VLC for Windows 8 is still in the vaporware phase, forget the promised Windows RT and Phone (and even XBox per one blog post?) ports which for all we know will never happen. DNF did make it to market finally and perhaps VLC will too, although it remains to be seen how well it performs, if it will ever see substantial (or any) updates beyond the initial release, if they'll ever improve that hideous UI, so on and so forth. As Saving Pvt Bryan very rightly said above, without a doubt they ran the worst Kickstarter campaign I (and many others) have ever participated in.

Still more wait time, cant wait to test it out and see what it can actually do instead of what it looks like. I wish you could just download and install apps without going through windows store on RT.

greenwizard88 said,
You still can! Any properly compiled .exe will run natively on Windows 8 just like it was Windows 7 or even Vista

Um, he said Windows RT. And I agree with him... I wish Windows on ARM were no different than Windows on Intel when it comes to digital signature requirements. If that had been the case we could have probably had a desktop version of VLC for ARM a long time ago.

Thats exactly what I was thinking, I think Microsoft so have added an toggle for advanced users to be able to do that similar to how users have to allow unknown sources when they want to install external apk's on android without using the market.

I'm not getting my hopes up unless I can download it and install it. I have very low expectations about VLC at this point.

hagjohn said,
I'm not getting my hopes up unless I can download it and install it. I have very low expectations about VLC at this point.

Why?

Their KickStarter was ran rather poorly. Few updates, crappy swag, etc... It seemed like they went on vacation for 6 months before they started anything.

I'd be more excited if they released the tools they worked on to get this done like they claimed they would to move along more RT development.

Cyborg_X said,
Their KickStarter was ran rather poorly. Few updates, crappy swag, etc... It seemed like they went on vacation for 6 months before they started anything.

I'd be more excited if they released the tools they worked on to get this done like they claimed they would to move along more RT development.

In all honesty that first 6 months would be needed to get up to speed with the different limitations etc and trying bits of code, aka nothing to show as such.

I think/hope its open source as it would be a great example for others.

These guys ran the worst Kickstarter campaign I've ever participated in. It made me not want to back any other Kickstarter campaigns. I think people would have tolerated the time it took to complete the project if they took time to update their progress. Instead there were times where months went by and no one knew what they were doing. Even worse, they continued to make promises in their updates and never kept them (looking through the 8 updates they posted after funding, they broke their promise 3 times. Heck, they didn't even post an update on the project until 5 months after the campaign ended. The original projected completion date was Feb 2013 - it's over a year overdue and they've completely run out of excuses. They raised over $70,000 from us and during this time they released a brand new iOS app that required no Kickstarter money. Did our money go to fund the development of the iOS version? It's no wonder everyone who backed this project is pissed off.

Saving Pvt Bryan said,
These guys ran the worst Kickstarter campaign I've ever participated in. It made me not want to back any other Kickstarter campaigns. I think people would have tolerated the time it took to complete the project if they took time to update their progress. Instead there were times where months went by and no one knew what they were doing. Even worse, they continued to make promises in their updates and never kept them (looking through the 8 updates they posted after funding, they broke their promise 3 times. Heck, they didn't even post an update on the project until 5 months after the campaign ended. The original projected completion date was Feb 2013 - it's over a year overdue and they've completely run out of excuses. They raised over $70,000 from us and during this time they released a brand new iOS app that required no Kickstarter money. Did our money go to fund the development of the iOS version? It's no wonder everyone who backed this project is pissed off.
Wish I could Like/Upvote this a million times, especially the first two sentences.

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