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Windows Live Blogging Client

August 15th, 2006 . by Matt

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Microsoft has made a free blogging client that is compatible with most blogging services.

The booming market for online bloggers has provided sufficient bait for Microsoft to bring out a free product that some say has been lacking in the market – a good WYSIWYG blogging editor. True to its roots, Microsoft has kept one foot in the old world by making Windows Live Writer a desktop based tool instead of a web-based editor. However, being a desktop based tool gives the Microsoft application some of the advantages and power that desktop tools have over their web-based counterparts. Windows Live Writer allows users to display text and position images with the sort of WYSIWYG precision that most inbuilt online blogging editors simply cannot do. It can be likened to a desktop publisher for bloggers. Another attractive feature of Windows Live Blogger, apart from the fact that it’s free, is that it works with a range of blogging services other than Microsoft’s own Windows Live Spaces. It even works with Google Blogger.

Here is part of the promotion info from the Microsoft Live site

WYSIWYG Authoring The first thing to notice about Writer is that it enables true WYSIWYG blog authoring. You can now author your post and know exactly what it will look like before you publish it. Writer knows the styles of your blog such as headings, fonts, colors, background images, paragraph spacing, margins and block quotes and enables you to edit your post using these styles. Writer also includes other views including HTML source-code editing and web preview mode. Now you don’t have to waste time going through the process of publishing, refreshing, previewing, and tweaking your post to get it looking the way you want. It’s all right there in Writer as you create your post.

Compatibility Writer is a great client for Windows Live Spaces but also works with other weblogs including Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress (and many others).

I have downloaded it and will give it a try. Lets hope it is as good as it sounds.

Update: I am editing this post from the Windows Live Writer, and it does seem to be impressive. I suspect it wont be long before most bloggers are using this.

One Response to “Windows Live Blogging Client”

  1. comment number 1 by: Darin

    I use ecto on my Mac, and it works fairly well, but it messes with the date when you eidt posts, and it removes images from posts to your blog but not to mine. They also have a Windows version, did MS make a better product? I hope so, because maybe that’ll make ecto get it’s bet in gear and figure this stuff out for me 😉