VLC is one of the best – if not the best – media players out there. Whether you are a Windows user or a Mac user, VLC can do the job without all the issues that other media players present. The open-source media player first saw daylight in 1996, starting out as an academic project. It was first released in 2001 and is available for a wide variety of platforms including Linux, Android, and iOS. Now, we are likely going to see VLC for Windows 8 as well.

VLC for Windows 8

The newest Microsoft operating system may be the butt of a lot of jokes, but there is no denying that it still has a large user base – enough to warrant developers creating programs compatible with Windows 8. Before 2012 ended, the guys of VideoLAN got a nice present to welcome 2013.

They launched a Kickstarter project late in November, with the goal of raising GBP 40,000 to create VLC for Windows 8, a native app with all the features VLC users have come to love. According to the project description, there are about 100,000,000 installations of VLC on Windows devices around the world. The current version of VLC is only compatible with Window’s 8 desktop mode and Intel-based PCs.

VLC for Windows 8 will have all the existing features – full-fledged equalizer, video filters, and subtitle support – plus support of DVDs and VCDs as well as unencrypted Blu-Rays.

I guess VLC is loved by many around the world, as the project goal was reached before the deadline, with 3,080 backers giving a cumulative amount of GBP 47,056. While you might have missed out on giving your monetary support (and reaping some interesting benefits), you can be thankful to those who did for you will be enjoying VLC for Windows 8 in the near future.

No details have been announced about release dates and other specifics, but this is something for Windows 8 users to look forward to in 2013. In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for the current VLC version.

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