Windows Live Writer was a desktop publishing software for Windows that Microsoft offered as part of Windows Live. The program supported several popular blogging platforms that authors and webmasters could add to the service to create and publish blog posts from the desktop instead of the platform's native dashboard.
The last version of Windows Live Writer was released in 2012 as part of Windows Essentials 2012. Microsoft released no further updates for the program and it seemed for a while that Microsoft retired it.
Scott Hanselman revealed in 2014 that Microsoft was considering making Windows Live Writer Open Source but nothing came from that either for the next 18 months.
Open Live Writer has been released today by a "group of volunteers within Microsoft". It is an open sourced forked version of Windows Live Writer that is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
The program has been released as a beta version. While it resembles Windows Live Writer in most areas, the team had to remove some features from the program.
The following components were removed:
The development team plans to add new features to Open Live Writer. One of the first feature additions will be OAuth 2 support which enables support for Blogger's new authentication system. Google plans to drop the old authentication system eventually, and when that happens, Windows Live Writer users won't be able to connect to Blogger blogs anymore.
The roadmap that was published on Github highlights future plans for the program. Apart from quick fixes that are upcoming in the next version, plans are set in motion to add support for multiple languages, plug-ins, as well as new features such as updating Twitter or Facebook from the program.
Interested windows users can download the newest version of Open Live Writer from the official project website.
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