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    Default Microsoft Releases Windows Live Writer as Open Source

    If you remember and used Windows Live Writer back in the day, it's back.
    Today Microsoft announced that it's releasing Windows Live Writer as an open source software that you can download right now.

    To download the latest version of Open Live Writer, visit our website: Open Live Writer. Open Live Writer is designed to sit side-by-side with Windows Live Writer so installing Open Live Writer won’t impact your existing version of Windows Live Writer.

    For the latest news and updates about Open Live Writer, you can follow us on Twitter as @OpenLiveWriter and find other ways to connect on: Open Live Writer.
    Here's the official release statement:
    .NET Foundation - Live Writer is now Open Source

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    I never used it. I was already on a Mac by the time I heard about it, however I've always heard great things about Live Writer and have recommended it often. Nice that Microsoft is making it open source.
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    Sounds interesting. Back when this was around I wasn't quite yet into writing, mainly because I suck at writing and I still do. I run Mac on everything so this application does not apply to me but I think it would be interesting to see how it would improve my blogging capabilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krymson View Post
    Sounds interesting. Back when this was around I wasn't quite yet into writing, mainly because I suck at writing and I still do. I run Mac on everything so this application does not apply to me but I think it would be interesting to see how it would improve my blogging capabilities.
    I think you can use it anywhere. I don't think it's OS specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield View Post
    I think you can use it anywhere. I don't think it's OS specific.
    I just checked, it's a .exe file, not executable on Mac (.dmg).
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    Quote Originally Posted by krymson View Post
    I just checked, it's a .exe file, not executable on Mac (.dmg).
    Oh, that sucks. Sorry about that.

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    I've heard of this, but never did understand why you'd use it. If you use Wordpress, why not just write using the blog interface? Seems like it would be easier. Am I missing something here?

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    For me it is. I don't really get it either, but it does connect to other blog services and platforms so for some it may be a better interface.
    And I guess a lot of people liked it back in the day, so there's some familiarity and nostalgia to it I guess.

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