Windows Live Writer

Over the weekend, Microsoft released a new BlogJet-like tool that works with a number of blogging platforms beyond just Windows Live Spaces (e.g. WordPress, which I employ here). This is my first post using this new offering, Windows Live Writer.

Configuring Writer for use with WordPress was simple and painless. It appears that all the basics for blog posting are well-covered here, and I appreciate the highly usable interface. For some reason, I just never got the “blog from Word 2007” movement. I prefer task-/goal-centric UIs, and for blog posting Writer addresses my preference nicely. I even get to see what my blog post will look like “live” as I produce it thanks to Writer’s live preview feature.

Writer supports Really Simple Discovery–what some have referred to as its auto-configuration system. In my case, RSD enables Writer to check for API endpoints and supported APIs by interogating my site URL, which I provide, by leveraging XML-RPC support in WordPress Ii.e. all I need recall is the obvious and Writer-WordPress work out the details on my behalf).

I see, too, the beta SDK. In my cursory scan of Writer’s UI and functionality, I didn’t see any support for post abstracts. I see keyword support–wonder how that relates to tags. Jorgen Thelin talks a bit about example extensions via the SDK here. As Om Malik points out, Tim Heuer posted a nice write-up here (e.g. discusses tag support). (Via Rob Caron) LiveSide interviews Writer architect JJ Allaire about his software here.

For future reference, here are a few more posts of note concerning Writer’s release (in order posted): Scott Hanselman, Russ Stalters, Steve Richards (2, 3), Phil Haack, Dare Obasanjo and Microsoft Monitor. Update following my initial post here and closing out today: Rod Boothby and Omar Shahine.

As a related aside, I’d like to meet the parents of JJ and Jeremy Allaire. Not to take anything away from their collective and individual accomplishments (e.g. Writer (JJ), Brightcove (Jeremy), Onfolio (both), Cold Fusion (both)), which are highly regarded and mass-deployed, I suspect that Mr. and Mrs. Allaire had a thing or two with molding and fostering the talent their sons possess. I’m just guessing, but I’d imagine they must be proud parents.

Update 8/31/2006: WLW has a plugins site, too.

-Craig
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