Well, Windows Live Writer continues to make progress as the best blogging desktop client money can’t buy. It’s free. It’s POWERFUL. And it’s intuitive and easy to use. What more can you ask?
The plug-ins available for it are useful, unlike FireFox, which offers plenty of dead wood in their extensions. WLW now opens MUCH faster than previous versions, and it’s also a Release Candidate. That means, for those who don’t know, it’s really, really close to being a final product.
On the downside, the installer for the program wants to do things to your computer like stuff it full of MS online products. You have the option to turn it all down and just install WLW, but it’s still annoying to have to pay such close attention to an installer. Normally I launch them and walk away.
The interface isn’t dramatically different than it was, unless you haven’t downloaded any updates for a while. Still smooth as silk, strong and powerful, but still no official portable version I can find. (There is, however, a third-party portable launcher for it that works pretty well – see more here) That’s something MS should really think about. A lot of folks would use that feature, so long as it didn’t pound their USB drives to death by constantly writing and reading to the stick. Oh, and the improved load time would be a big benefit for a USB drive too.
Overall, I recommend WLW highly to those who blog regularly. It gives fantastic control over your content including images, allows you to install plug-ins to extend the blog capability, and allows you to blog offline if you so choose and post later. It supports a huge variety of blogs and is, in my opinion, among (if not THE) best Microsoft product available. And it’s still free … for the moment. Get it while you can.
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