Windows Live Writer

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Windows Live Writer
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Windows Live Writer
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release
2012 (v16.4.3528.331) / April 21, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-04-21)
Operating system Windows 7 and later[1]
Platform IA-32 and x64[1]
Available in 64 languages[2]
Type Blog software
License MIT license (previous Proprietary)

Windows Live Writer, developed by Microsoft, is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. The last major release of Windows Live Writer was released in 2012 (end-of-life). An open source fork of Windows Live Writer was released as Open Live Writer on December 9, 2015.[3]


It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality, and is currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint blogs, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Telligent Community,, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog API, the Movable Type API, Blogengine, Squarespace, and all blogs that support Really Simple Discovery.

Windows Live Writer introduces the Provider Customization API that enables both rich customization of Windows Live Writer's behavior as well as the opportunity to add new functionality to the product. Currently Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is currently available in 48 different languages.


Windows Live Writer is based on Onfolio Writer,[4] a product Microsoft obtained from the acquisition of Onfolio.

On November 6, 2007 version 2008 was released. It included inline spell checking, table editing, ability to add categories, page authoring for WordPress and TypePad, support for excerpts and extended entries, improved hyperlinking and image insertion, and a new "Paste Special" function. Also improved integration to SharePoint 2007 support, new APIs enabling custom extensions by weblog providers, automatic synchronization of local and online edits, integration with Windows Live Gallery, and support for "Blogger Labels". On December 15, 2008 Windows Live Writer version 2009 was released as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite. Released in September 30, 2010, Windows Live Writer 2011 featuring the new Ribbon user interface. On August 7, 2012 Windows Live Writer 2012 as part of its Windows Essentials 2012 suite was released, the last major official update.

On December 9th, 2015 on an open source fork of Windows Live Writer was MIT licensed and released as Open Live Writer.

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  1. ^ a b "Windows Essentials 2012 system requirements". Windows Essentials portal. Microsoft. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Windows Essentials: Worldwide Downloads". Windows Essentials portal. Microsoft. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Microsoft open-sources Live Writer, beloved but abandoned blogging tool by Peter Bright on Ars Technica "Opening the app means that it'll get some much-needed maintenance." (2015)
  4. ^ Writer is Microsoft's first Live killer app

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