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VLC for Windows 8. A native app, fully featured and fully open source. Play all your files, streams and optical media.
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VLC for Windows Phone 8 and updates regarding Windows Store

Posted by VideoLAN (Creator)

Dear backers,

Over the last few days, we achieved the following progress:

The first important news is that a port of VLC to Windows Phone 8 appears to be easier than expected. While the roadmap is about Windows 8 for Intel followed by a version for Windows RT, it appears to be feasible to publish another version with a specific interface for Windows Phone shortly after, since the WP8 APIs are way more similar to Windows 8 than WP7 ones.
Therefore, this fundraiser will help developping a version of VLC for Windows Phone 8. Interestingly, while WP8 offers the same programming interfaces available to Windows 8 & RT apps, it is less restrictive in some regards. Notably our existing networking code is going to run as is.

Then, 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.
Moreover, we've been in touch with several designers and some hardware chip vendors about this project.

Regarding admision to the Windows Store, we will need to stick to Microsofts rules and pass a check called WACK. As published in our "Challenges and Risks" section, we will try very hard to fulfill its requirements in order to be published on the Windows Store. Therefore, as this seems the biggest challenge, we have already been working on that aspect, during the last days.

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.
About the capability of distributing codecs from the Store, we hope to be able to do it, but we are not sure about it yet. We would like to invite you to have a look at at our generic Legal page on, which should answer most questions:
You are welcome to get in touch if you require more information.

We are proud of this campaign's progress so far and we hope make it within the next 18 days.

We are going to publish more updates this week, including imagery of the current UI mockups as well as a video demonstrating our ideas for Windows Phone.

Thanks for reading!

Jean-Baptiste & Felix for the VLC for Windows 8 team


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      Barry Kearns on

      Would be nice to see a new video of the app on Windows 8/RT when avail. Also if you could update on your progress on Windows Phone 8. Love your work thanks

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      Vladimir Peyko on

      I'm more excited about Windows Phone 8 version then anything else, but RT version would be good too, This platform need good apps to take off and VLC is one of those good apps. MS should contribute few 1000£ too, its in their interest :p

    3. ET3D on

      Great news! Thanks for the update, and I'm happy things are going so well.

      I find it strange that Windows Phone is less restrictive regarding networking than Windows 8.

    4. Lorenz Cuno Klopfenstein on

      Excellent news! Glad you're getting some support directly from Microsoft. :)

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      KIKOS on

      Great news !

      I can't wait to see the UI mockups.

    6. FloGer on

      Glad to hear that you guys are getting support from Microsoft!

      And as Roman said, promote this project better! Put it everywhere :)

    7. Roman Ondrus on

      Good luck guys, I am sad to see that there are only 1000 backers. I guess hundreds of thousands of people use VLC .... and yet this project has such low support.

      Anyway, why isn't this project promoted on VideoLAN page? at least here -> if not on the main page.

    8. Matt Feczko on

      That's fantastic news, thanks Jean-Baptiste and Felix! I work at Microsoft in the Boston/Cambridge area, and am fully onboard and supportive of this project. I'm a huge user of VLC and would love to see a Modern app as well as WP app. Please let me know if there's anything I can do on my end to support this project.