Long roads, long, lingering roads! One of the most popular free media players is now in Metro form, as VLC for Windows 8 has just been approved and made available for download on the Windows Store.

The team at VideoLAN has finally completed development on version 1.0 of their multimedia playback application that runs in the Modern UI environment of Microsoft’s modern operating systems. This first release is actually considered a beta version — meaning more improvements are fast incoming.

Microsoft actually took a while longer to certify the app than expected, as it was on track for a Monday launch. But Wednesday works, Wednesday is good.

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the lead developers on the project, shared the news on his blog, while promising more details about the development process (and why it got delayed) in a future update.

Since this is a beta version, some features are not perfectly stable. But VideoLAN wanted to make the app compatible with both Windows 8 and 8.1, and in the process decreased the stability of the application a little. Workarounds.

And as expected, this first version only runs on the x86 and x64 flavors of the modern Windows, meaning Surface RT, Surface 2 and Lumia 2520 owners are out of luck. For now.

VideoLAN plans to add support for the Windows RT platform in the near future, along with a port for Windows Phone 8.1, now that they have got many of the things sorted out.

The app was funded via a Kickstarter campaign back in December 2012, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Windows 8.1 now has another key application locked in. Finally.

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  • Wayne Scott

    Better late than never I always say! Although, it shouldn’t of taken so long for this to happen. Thank you for posting this though, because I’m glad it’s here.

  • Bill Franklin

    I love watching movies on my computer/table, so this is a must have for me. I anticipate as we move into the future, dvds and physical copies will become obsolete and VLC will be more powerful. That’s just my take.