One of the more anticipated Windows 8 application launched yesterday to less than stellar reviews. If anything, several users that installed the beta version of VLC for Windows 8 were left with that sinking feeling of dissatisfaction. Particularly those that donated.
The app in its current state works fine — when it does work at all.
There have been reports of occasions where the Metro app crashes within seconds of launching. But that’s not the only bug in this (what the developers have labeled) beta flavor of the popular multimedia playback application.
A number of critical issues have been cited on both the x86 and x64 builds of VLC, leading to many users leaving straight one-star ratings for the app in the Windows Store.
The developers decided to include support for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, at the cost of stability. And it is showing. Not just when users try to launch the application but also with its somewhat sluggish performance when playing back media content.
Then there is the issue that the Windows RT version is still nowhere to be seen — more wait for the millions that use tablets like the Surface RT, Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520.
The bugs are somewhat understandable (this being a beta, after all), but the lack of support for the ARM flavor of Windows is a disappointment, considering these are the users that needed the application the most. Fingers crossed their wait is not a lengthy one.
As of this writing, the app has a rating of 3.4 on the Windows Store, with no less than 63 one-star ratings from users, with complaints like the app failed to open videos on SD cards, could not handle the FLAC format, and constantly crashes.
VideoLAN has promised much faster releases now that the app has launched, with confirmation that they are working on all these points, including stability.
What about you guys? Installed the app? How did you find it? Comment away!