Fans of the VLC multimedia player are eagerly awaiting the dedicated Windows 8 version of the app, which has been in development for quite some time. If you are one of these countless fans, then the good news is that the wait is almost over.
In a recent post on his blog, one of the developers explained that development of VLC for Windows 8 is still advancing and the team is getting ever closer to having something on the Windows Store.
The blog post also goes into some technical details regarding the port revealing that while the development team is still ironing out some issues, pretty much all of them should be fixed in the very near future.
Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the lead developers of the application explained:
“We had to fix 16 forbidden calls to 4 Windows dll, from 5 dlls and all the socket code. And those required WinRT direct calls from C.
We fixed most of the issues, including the WinRT static calls, meaning that we rewrote a lot of idl, idl tools and header files. We are at 5 forbidden calls (3 tonight, I hope), to 1 Windows dll, from only the VLC core. We still have the socket code to fix though.”
Forbidden calls and socket code — as technical as it comes!
As usual, the backers of the Kickstarter campaign will be the first to get their hands on VLC for Windows 8, but everyone should be in on the action once the testing and debugging is finalized.