Windows Live Writer a dead man walking? Please say it ain’t so Microsoft.

Dead-Man

I originally missed this little tidbit yesterday in Mini-Microsoft’s post but was brought up short when reading Kip Kniskern’s reaction to the following regarding Windows Live Writer mention in Mini-Microsoft’s post:

Windows Live is supposed to help with building value via rich applications. Live has been broken out of Windows to free it from the consent decree and all (‘cept for sneaking a Win7 component out early, wink-wink). Messenger, Mail, Photos, Movies, and an awkward online service. And Live Writer (though rumored a dead-man walking per comments). (ed: emphasis mine)

Now Like Kip I looked through the comments on the original post and couldn’t fine any further reference to Live Writer but that said I really hope that this isn’t the case. Ask any blogger on a Windows machine what the best blog editor out there is and Live Writer tops the list. Hell even Mac fan will acknowledge how good it is and that is saying something.

Unfortunately though Live Writer has seen a few of its developers at Microsoft either head to other projects or out the door to other companies. I know that since the last release of the editor it has been pretty quiet out there regarding any news as to what is being planned for the future – if anything.

I will say though that given how much work is being done to WordPress (the blogging platform I use) offline editors like Live Writer aren’t keeping up with all the added features to WordPress which is really too bad. As much as I may dislike using the online editor in WordPress it will definitely rise to the top of my options if Live Writer goes away.

I sure hope this does turn out to be nothing more than a rumor because it would really suck otherwise.

11 thoughts on “Windows Live Writer a dead man walking? Please say it ain’t so Microsoft.”

  1. I've not heard anything about any new developments in ages and to be honest I've even lost track of who is on the dev team for this. Unfortunately I fear, when it comes to WordPress, development is moving far to rapidly for most offline editors to keep pace.

    And with the new image editor shipping in WP 2.9 they days of a solid desktop client may be numbered.

    Also, with regardless to Live Writer, which I still love BTW, when you insert an image in a post it doesn't end up in the WordPress Media Gallery, which means it's not available for thumbnail generation which is becoming more and more prevalent with magazine based themes.

  2. Ya that is one of the biggest bitches I really have with WLW right now. I lost hours yesterday trying to code something but because of the way that WLW uploads the pictures I had to cancel the idea. No matter what I tried I just couldn't pull what I needed from the post.

    the one other area where it falls down as well is support for things like Custom Fields in WP .. frustrating sometimes.

  3. Ya that is one of the biggest bitches I really have with WLW right now. I lost hours yesterday trying to code something but because of the way that WLW uploads the pictures I had to cancel the idea. No matter what I tried I just couldn't pull what I needed from the post.

Leave a Reply