New VLC for Windows 8.1 Details Released

The team behind the project shared more information on the port

As we’ve reported to you a few hours ago, VideoLAN is close to completing the development stage of VLC for Windows 8.1, with the team also revealing some new screenshots showing the application in action.

Now VideoLAN president Jean-Baptiste Kempf has also decided to share more details on the port on the Kickstarter page where the team raised money for the project, saying that the existing version works on both Windows 8 and 8.1.

At this point, Kempf explained, VLC for Windows 8.1 comes with support for all usual formats, including MKV and FLAC, while also coming with full audio functionality, video (with correct aspect ratios), basic subtitles support, file and network stream, a simple UI, and Windows 8 and 8.1 compatibility.

As far as the official launch is concerned, VLC for Windows 8.1 is almost here, the developing team said, but some bugs still need to be fixed before the official release takes place.

“We are preparing the release, fixing the important bugs, notably an audio crash that got us rejected from the store. We have numerous small bugs that are annoying, notably some thumbnails, crashing and the audio browsing part,” Kempf explained.

“We hope to work on it until this week-end and then submit once again.”

While there are no details whether there are any chances to see VLC for Windows 8.1 going live before the end of the year, Kempf explained that the Windows RT port might be delay a few weeks because it requires some extra work.

“At the same time, we're spending quite a bit of time to get a working version for ARM, so we can deploy on Windows RT too. We don't know exactly how much time, but we hope it's a matter of weeks. The issues are mostly compiler related,” he explained.

VideoLAN raised the necessary funds on Kickstarter in December 2012, so a potential launch before the end of the year would actually make sense.

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