Software development may be hard, no one denies that, but surely not this hard. VideoLAN, the developers of the popular VLC Player sure have taken their sweet time to code up a dedicated version for Microsoft’s modern platforms.

So much so that many competing media players are now available on the Windows Store — some of which offer the same (or better) feature set than what the makers of the VLC Player promised.

In an ideal world, the developers should have readied this application back in 2012 when Windows 8 first launched. But VLC for Windows 8.1 is still a work in progress.

The developers, however, have confirmed that the app is finally ready to be submitted to the store this week, and should arrive very soon. That is if there are no further hiccups, or necessary changes.

A post on the project’s Kickstarter page reads:

“We’ve worked a lot on the audio crashes, and finally decided to rewrote the audio stack for Windows Metro platforms. Hopefully, this will allow us to finally pass the Store validation. This kept us busy during the holidays.”

At the same time, VideoLAN has also revealed a whole bunch of screenshots that provide us a detailed look at the modern design interface. You can take a look at them here.

The new screenshots show how the main start screen of the app looks, and we also get a peek at the Recent View menu. Pretty elementary stuff in terms of design for now, but that was expected as they focused on coding side of things.

The developers have, however, promised to pay attention to the UI soon in future updates.

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  • 1stkorean

    How many times in the past year has that title been used about VLC Player. Just another teaser, and I for one have moved on and away from VLC Player.

    Just so everybody knows;

    Almost only counts in Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and Nuclear Devices.

    • Fahad Ali

      Agreed. Particularly when a few very strong competitors are already out on the Windows Store. With advanced audio and video codec support, including MKV.

  • Ray C

    I guess we will see what happens. I’ll just use the desktop version for now

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, the desktop version is a must have software, even if as a backup alternative. It’s lightweight, bloat free, and plays back almost everything.