VideoLAN has announced that the company has raised over 74,500 dollars during its Kickstarter fundraiser, which aimed to determine hardware and software needs for developers to get started on VLC for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone.
“In the last week, we’ve prepared our project management tools, determined hardware and software needs for the developers who will work on VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone, and set up our major development milestones. We will start right away as soon as the campaign is over. We will perform detailed scheduling early next month and reach out to major IT corporations who offered technical support and testing devices during our campaign. An initial release of VLC for Windows 8 is estimated to be complete in 3 months, followed by subsequent releases for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8,” VideoLAN stated in an official announcement.
VLC Media Player currently works on Windows 8, but only on desktop mode. In order for VLC to utilize the Metro interface, VLC need to be re-written or ported and an entirely new interface needs to be created. VideoLAN wants users to have VLC access from the Start Screen with the full Metro experience. According to VideoLAN, so far there are over 100,000,000 downloads for VLC on Windows. VideoLAN plans to release VLC Media Player for Windows 8 in three months, with a release for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 soon thereafter.