Ever since 2005, I’ve been using Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer to create these blog entries. It has been my mainstay. An easy-to-use application that has allowed me to create and edit my blog on WordPress with ease. But ten years in computing terms is a long time, and ever since 2012 there has been a question mark hanging in the air – would Microsoft continue supporting Windows Live Writer, or would it be dropped, like so many other good and useful software applications have been (Picture It!, Microsoft Digital Image Pro, and Microsoft Money) I’m looking at you).
For a while now, Scott Hanselman and others within Microsoft have been trying to get a version of Windows Live Writer released as Open Source, and today’s the day.
An open source fork of Windows Live Writer is now available as Open Live Writer. Congratulations to Scott and the OLW team for reaching this milestone.
This blog entry has been created and published to my blog using it. I intend to support this effort by switching to Open Live Writer from now on. It is clear that Microsoft will be pulling the plug on Windows Live Writer at some point in the not too distant future.
The King is dead – Long live the King!