VLC for Windows 8 Released as a Beta, Firefox Metro Discontinued
Article by George Norman
On 17 Mar 2014
Here are a couple of news related to Microsoft’s Metro design, design that is offered by Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

The first one is that a Beta version of VLC for Windows 8 and 8.1 has been rolled out to the public.
The second one is that Mozilla decided to pull the plug on the Metro version of Firefox.


Windows 8 and Windows 8,1 come with a Metro style interface that puts the emphasis on touch but is equally at home with a mouse and keyboard. The operating system comes with multiple built-in Metro-style apps and lets you download even more apps from the Windows Store.

As of this month, the Windows Store is home to the properly, properly good VLC media player. VideoLAN ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, got the funds it needed to create a Metro-style VLC app, and now rolled out that app to the public.

The first Beta version of VLC for Windows and Windows 8.1 is now available for download in the Windows Store. The Metro-style app is free, of course (I remind you that VLC is an open source media player).

The good thing is that the native VLC app for Windows 8 and 8.1 provides support for tons of media formats and features “panels” for all the videos and songs stored on your Windows-powered device.
The bad thing is that the native VLC app for Windows 8 and 8.1 is a Beta, which means you may run into bugs, crashes, and other issues.

While VideoLAN worked hard to roll out VLC for Windows 8 and 8.1, Mozilla decided to discontinue the Windows Metro version of Firefox. The reason for pulling the plug on Firefox Metro is simple: low interest.

Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, explained that while millions of people show interest in pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, “we’ve never seen more than 1000 active daily users in the Metro environment.” Consequently, the decision has been made to discontinue Firefox Metro.

Tags: Microsoft, Metro, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, VLC, Windows Store, Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox Metro
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