Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool designed to make it easy to compose and publish posts on websites using WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Sharepoint, or several other popular blogging platforms. But the last time Microsoft released a major update for Windows Live Writer was in 2012, and the company has no plans of continuing to developing a commercial version of the software.
The new open source program doesn’t work exactly like the old Windows Live Writer: spell checking has been removed since the software used for that feature was old and wasn’t available for an open source release. But if you’re using Windows 8 or later you should be able to use the native spell checking features of the operating system in future versions of Open Live Writer.
Volunteers at Microsoft are continuing to develop the software, which is distributed in partnership with the .NET Foundation. But users can also submit feedback, pull requests, design ideas, and more.
Incidentally, I used Open Live Writer to create this blog post. I’ve been using the web-based WordPress editor for so long that it took a little while to get used to the way Live Writer handles hyperlinks and images. It’s been years since I used an app like this. But overall it does provide a very simple user interface for writing, with tools that should be familiar to anyone that’s ever used Microsoft Word or a similar word processor.
via Scott Hanselman