VLC Windows 8

The popular media player VLC is setting its sights on Windows 8 and beyond. The developers are calling for donations to be sent forward to fund further development into hiring third-party aid. This will help create a top quality experience on Microsoft's latest platforms. At the time of writing the project has a backing of £4,532 pledged so far with 252 donators.

With 29 days to go, it's time to empty the pockets and support the team in bringing across the player's functionality to Windows 8 with an aesthetically pleasing interface. But that's not all. As the title suggests, the team is also looking at Windows Phone 8 (as mentioned in the video), which is a huge bonus for owners of new hardware from Nokia and HTC.

Snippet from the project page on Kickstarter:

"This new port will be natively integrated within the new User Experience and will also support ARM-based tablets in a subsequent release In contrast to the built-in media player, VLC for Windows 8 we intend to add support for DVDs and VCDs out-of-the box as well as unencrypted Blu-Rays. All the features known from our current releases will be retained like a full fledged equalizer, video filters and superior support for subtitles."

There are a number of VLC solutions for Windows Phone (with streaming and other functionality), but it's always better for consumers to have official support on the Store. A concept has already been drafted and the team is confident the app will be able to take full advantage of the Windows Store and with the backing of followers and fans, they hope for a speedy arrival. No word on Windows Phone progress, however.

You can add your donations on its Kickstarter page.