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Windows Live Writer

August 13, 2006

This is a posting from the new Windows Live Writer.  It’s a WYSIWYG blogging editor from Microsoft.  Pretty nifty UI so far … though I’ve only been using it for about 5 minutes.  It will interface with MSN Windows Live Spaces and most of the other popular blogging tools (I use Blogger).

You can check out the dev team’s blog Writer Zone to stay up to date on what’s going on with the package.

 Here’s my first impressions:

  1. Great job MS on coming out with a blogging tool … especially one that supports other platforms. 
  2. Why isn’t “blogging” in your dictionary for spell checking?
  3. Dude – I can copy and paste a picture into a posting!  ROCK ON!
  4. Drop shadow effect on images – sweet.
  5. Back to the spell checking – why not use the same Word engine that can “inline” check spelling (wrongly spelled word gets a squiggly red line under it)?
  6. How do I get more plugins?  When I click the link for More about plugins… in the preferences window I get pointed to a URL that doesn’t work.  At least put a “coming soon” page up.  Right now I get a 404 error from IIS.
  7. Can I set the “open in new window” and “rel:nofollow” options in the link dialog to be default for all links?
  8. I see you just added a “Blog it” button to my Windows Live Toolbar in IE7b3.  Great idea – but how about you tell me you’re changing things in other programs?

I’m sure there’s more to come, but as of right now I think I just dumped BlogJet.  I still have w.Bloggar around to change my template though.

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  1. Joe Cheng
    August 13, 2006 at 1:07 pm

    GREAT feedback, thanks! The plugins link is probably dead because we weren’t supposed to launch until late tomorrow night, some bloggers leaked it so we had to go.

    Anyway our Windows Live Gallery site won’t be up for a couple more weeks at least–the Gallery guys are on a different release schedule than us. If people write plugins in the meantime, I’m not sure where they will go.

  2. Nathan Novak
    August 14, 2006 at 8:06 am

    I was thinking the link was dead because of the premature launch, but it never hurts to point it out. As I said, maybe a “coming soon” page in the mean time?

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