Developers of the popular free VLC Player has started recently a project on Kickstarter to fund the development of their Windows 8/RT application. So far, their progress has been pretty good and they have managed to raise over $21,000 by now.
They also have announced that they are working on a version of the app for Windows Phone 8 as well. Thanks to the new common kernel shared by Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, porting the app from one platform to another has become quite easy.
Microsoft also seems thrilled about this version of app for their mobile platform. Regarding that, the VLC team had to say :
“We’ve been in touch with Microsoft representatives, who are thrilled about our endeavor and ready to collaborate with us. They are looking into ways of supporting us directly through non-financial matters, notably hardware, technical and design help. This is great news.”
VLC developers have also been in touch with several designers and hardware chip vendors regarding this.
If VLC wants to distribute its applications on Microsoft’s store, they will need to closely stick to the store guidelines, something they say they are trying hard to. They can also legally publish the app on the Windows Store as it’s terms and conditions seem compatible with GNU GPL. Eventually, they are hoping to distribute codecs through the Store.
If this works, both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 will finally have a worthwhile video player to play all your content.