Boy the VLC for Windows 8 sure has turned into a bit of a saga of its own. Even though the team promised the Metro app to be here in around three months, complex development process meant that we are now approaching a year.
Not to mention several unofficial clones also creep up on the Windows Store, which are duly removed by Microsoft every now and then.
Anyway, the VideoLAN team raised close to $76,000 in a Kickstarter drive to work on the app, and promised to port their popular VLC video player to Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone complete with all the features loved by the fans.
The reason why development has taken much longer than initially predicted was because the developers had to take care of, what is known as, forbidden calls in the program. The team worked closely with Microsoft to do just that.
And now the lead developer and VideoLAN president Jean-Baptiste Kempf has confirmed that we really are close to an official release soon.
The VLC app recently passed the Windows App Certification Kit test (details here) on September 23. The team, however, had to disable audio output to do that. But the good news is that it is working on finalizing this very feature right now.
If all goes well we should have the app ready and raring to go on the Windows Store in just a couple of weeks now. This is the final stretch to the finish line, of what has been a storied development process.