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; 21 months 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 Proprietary

Windows Live Writer, developed by Microsoft, is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. 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.

The last major release of Windows Live Writer was released in 2012. An open source fork of Windows Live Writer was released as Open Live Writer on December 9, 2015.


Windows Live Writer is based on Onfolio Writer,[3] a product Microsoft obtained from the acquisition of Onfolio.

The versions have included:

  • Version 2008 was released on November 6, 2007. 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".
  • Windows Live Writer version 2009 was released on December 15, 2008 as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite.
  • Windows Live Writer 2011, September 30, 2010, featuring the new Ribbon user interface was released.
  • Windows Live Writer 2012 as part of its Windows Essentials 2012 suite on August 7, 2012.
  • An open source fork of Windows Live Writer was MIT licensed and released as Open Live Writer on December 9th, 2015.

Screenshots of previous versions[edit]

Version 1.0.141 (Beta 1) 
Internal version featuring the original Flair design 
Windows Live Writer 2008 
Windows Live Writer 2009 


  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. ^ Writer is Microsoft's first Live killer app

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