Friday, August 14, 2009

Windows Live Writer

This is for my fellow bloggers. So I was playing around on my Dell XPS laptop running windows 7even one day after work and I suddenly stumbled across this “windows live” folder found under start/all programs. I clicked on it and it opened 'as usual"’, a colorful Microsoft windows live writer window. It allowed me to sign into my Google blog and specifically “told” me that I could use this (windows live writer) application/software to manage my Google mobile blog. First I thought, “isn't that cool. I don't have to open a browser and type out the address to my blog to update it, I could just update it right from this weird software from Microsoft.” “hmmmmmmmm!!!”

I then did what I normally do best, I googled it and came up with these facts about this very colorful and “might be” useful application.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Windows Live Writer, developed by Microsoft, is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality, and is currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint blogs, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, Wordpress, Telligent Community, PBlogs.gr, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog API, the Movable Type API, Blogengine and all blogs that support RSD (Really Simple Discoverability).

Windows Live Writer introduces the Provider Customization API that enables both rich customization of Windows Live Writer's behavior as well as the opportunity to add new functionality to the product. Currently Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is currently available in 48 different languages.

 

History

The final release of version 2008 was released on November 6, 2007. There are numerous changes from previous builds that are obvious on first run in this version, including:

  • New Authoring Capabilities, including inline spell checking, table editing, ability to add categories, page authoring for WordPress and TypePad, support for excerpts and extended entries, improved hyperlinking and image insertion, and a new "Paste Special" function
  • Improved Integration, including SharePoint 2007 support, new APIs enabling custom extensions by weblog providers, automatic synchronization of local and online edits, integration with Windows Live Gallery, and support for "Blogger Labels"
  • New User Interface, including a brand new design and improved accessibility and keyboard support

Windows Live Writer version 2009 was released on December 15, 2008 as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite.

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PS: I think I’m going to give this a shot and see how best it allows me to really manage my Google Mobile Blog and help me better my writing skills.

Thanks for reading.

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