Windows Live Writer

The latest release out of the Windows Live stable is a beta of Windows Live Writer, a new desktop application for publishing blog posts (and in the future potentially other forms of online content).

Setting aside the fact that the product is from my employer, it’s an interesting application.  It supports all the major blog platforms (WordPress, Moveable Type, Spaces etc.) and along with all the usual formatting options you’d expect, it adds a range of other useful features including the spell checker, WYSIWYG editing and the automatic capability to upload photos to your blog and then add effects to them.

For example:

It also allows you to insert Windows Live Maps and with the release of a Software Development Kit it’s likely there’ll be a raft of plug-ins released that will add even more functionality.

If you’re blogging on Windows it’s definitely worth a look.


Tim Heuer has already released two new plug-ins for Windows Live Writer. Tag4Writer enables you to add Technorati tags to your post and Flickr4Writer enables you to insert pictures from Flickr.


2 thoughts on “Windows Live Writer

  1. Tom; I downloaded the program today, there was a new review on C|Net that was favorable. One question, is the code clean? Will it pass testing so that the ever-important spiders will index it? I haven’t used it yet, or looked at the code, but I thought I would ask.

  2. Hiya Kami,

    I hope all is well. My understanding is that because it uses the actual stylesheets from your blog and it’s publishing using the same API that your online editor uses there shouldn’t be any downside from a search engine perspective. Of course I’m not an expert but I imagine it should make no difference!

    Thanks for the comment

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