There's good news and bad news for fans of the popular free VLC media player. The good news is that the long awaited Windows 8.1 version could be out as soon as today. The bad news is that the long promised VLC port for Windows Phone 8.1 could take much longer to be released than first thought.

In a chat on Twitter with one of its developers Thomas Nigro, told us that the Windows 8.1 update could be published in the Windows Store today, but added, " ... But as I already said this like a billion time(s) I should not say it one more time." In other words, it sounds like it's really close but don't be surprised if it doesn't arrive today.

And what about the Windows Phone 8.1 port? Unfortunately, it sounds like the development team has hit a bit of a wall on that front. Nigro says there are "Problems with the ARM compiler. Microsoft doesn't have one. We have to make it ourselves. And it's very high level of engineering."

When we asked if that meant the Windows Phone 8.1 port would not be released in the near future, Nigro told us, "Unless a miracle happens (and it's still possible!!) ." So while the app might be coming out at some point, it looks like it will take much longer than expected. In fact, Ningo told us that if any of our readers is a "software engineer and wants to help, that he contact me."

We will report on the release of the Windows 8.1 VLC update when it happens. In the meantime, what do you think of the apparent slow progress of the Windows Phone 8.1 port?

Source: Thomas Nigro on Twitter