After the somber news that development on Firefox for Windows 8 was stopped, just as the web browser was about to go live, we have some positive reports on another key Metro app.

Mozilla may have decided against it, but VideoLAN went ahead and launched their flagship program on the Windows Store last week. VLC for Windows 8 officially arrived a few days back, but since then a number of hardcore bugs were discovered in the application.

Good thing then that the developers launched a new build earlier today — one that fixes numerous issues with the application, including the widely reported crash on start.

Along with this, the developers promise, more reliable performance on desktops and tablets.

And that’s not all.

The team behind the app also shared some early statistics regarding the app. In the three days since launch (Saturday, that is), some 38,000 people rushed to download and give it a try.

Not exactly earth shattering numbers, but solid. And these would have surely been helped by a smoother launch. Crashes and collapses, have a way of turning people off so that they do not recommend apps like these to friends and associates.

The development team has also promised to continue to work on VLC for Windows 8, with a new version incoming next week with even more bug fixes and performance improvements.

More power to them, then!

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  • Ted Smith

    The statistics they released are really cool and I’m glad they made it available. I’m impressed that VLC had the quick turn around and was able to fix the bugs rather quickly. Well done.

  • Macpaul Emeka Ekwueme

    Off topic though, but don’t know if it’s just me or if any other guest on this site (Eye on Windows) is experiencing very slow page loading speed. Very sure it’s not my system as all other sites load at normal speeds.

    • Fahad Ali

      It’s loading fine at my end, man, checked on two different connections. It might just be something at your end, and hopefully it sorts itself out soon.

  • Jason Claven

    Of those 38,000, I wonder how many became frustrated with the bugs and decided not to download the new version. I would guess very little because the majority were probably fans of VLC going in to download it right after launch.

  • Bill Franklin

    I was waiting for this to be fixed. I’m ecstatic they fixed it that quickly. The layout and format from that image looks brilliant. Great work from VLC. I want to try this out as soon as possible.

  • Wayne S

    Count me as one who downloaded this and was upset. I’m glad this was fixed! I’ll download the updated version and report back! Thanks!