Microsoft Launches WYSIWYG Blog-Writing Tool

Windows Live Writer lets bloggers see what their post will look like before publishing it.

August 14, 2006

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Microsoft Corp. has launched in beta a WYSIWYG blog-writing tool that the software maker says works with its own Live Spaces service and other Weblogs.

Windows Live Writer is available for download through Microsoft's Writer Zone blog. The desktop application features a what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface that lets bloggers see what their post will look like before publishing it.

The tool recognizes the headings, fonts, colors, background images, paragraph spacing, margins and block quotes of supported Weblogs, so bloggers can edit their post using the same styles. Writer also offers HTML source-code editing and a Web-preview mode.

Other features include photo publishing, with tools to modify size, text wrapping and borders, and to apply graphic effects. Bloggers can specify a thumbnail picture that links to a larger image.

To help drive use of its mapping service, Microsoft has linked Writer with Live Local. As a result, bloggers can insert maps that are customized in Writer. Road maps, for example, can be displayed, or a location can be presented in aerial or close-up views.A software development kit, or SDK, is available for developers who wish to extend Writer's capabilities or add other content types, such as images from online photo publishing sites, video or audio players and product thumbnails and links from e-commerce sites.

Along with Spaces, Writer, which was launched over the weekend, supports Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress and other Weblogs, Microsoft said.

"We want Writer to work well with every blogging service out there," the company said in the Writer blog.

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