I downloaded the Windows Live Beta package (Messenger, Call, Writer, Photo Gallery and Mail) just for the fun of it (I do this a lot, install and uninstall applications just to see how they work) and decided to try updating my blog using Windows Live Writer Beta.
It claims to make blogging super easy (ok, I added the word “super” in easy). Best of all, you can blog on Writer Beta and publish to most blogging services.
I just followed a few simple steps and am now updating my blog as WYSIWYG – literally. Instead of writing in that boring white box, I’m writing on the actual template of my wordpress blog. Just a simple switch from edit to preview tab, I get to see how my blog entry would look like after I press publish. Not that I need to press preview because I’m literally blogging on a “previewlike” window anyway.
Adding photos and resizing them for the blog is almost automatic. You just pick the size that you want and you’ll see the size differences in real time. No having to be redirected to a new page to see the result.
Screen shot from my last blog entry. This is edit view.
Interested? You can download the entire Beta package at http://download.live.com/
Apart from the ones I mentioned earlier, also available for download are Movie Maker, Toolbar, Family Safety and Microsoft Office Outlook Connector – all Betas. You may download all or just chose the ones you need.
I shall try some of these later and I’ll make sure to remember to blog about them.Seriously, Microsoft should pay me for this.