Windows Live Writer

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Windows Live Writer
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Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer
Final release
2012 (v16.4.3528.331) / April 21, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-04-21)
Operating systemWindows 7 and later[1]
PlatformIA-32 and x64[1]
Available in64 languages[2]
TypeBlog software
LicenseMIT license (previous Proprietary)
WebsiteArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)

Windows Live Writer, developed by Microsoft, was 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), and the software was completely discontinued on January 2017.[3] An open-source fork of Windows Live Writer was released as Open Live Writer on December 9, 2015.[4]


The software featured WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality, and was 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 supported Really Simple Discovery.

Windows Live Writer introduced 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. Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad had all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer was available in 48 different languages.


Windows Live Writer was based on Onfolio Writer,[5] 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.

Discontinuation and Open-Source Fork[edit]

On December 9, 2015 on an open source fork of Windows Live Writer was MIT licensed and released as Open Live Writer. On January 10, 2017, Windows Essentials 2012 and its apps, including Windows Live Writer reached the end of its support life cycle, meaning it would no longer receive critical security updates and bug fixes. The software itself was also no longer available for download from Microsoft.[3]

Gallery of previous versions' screenshots[edit]


  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. ^ a b "Windows Essentials - Windows Help". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ Bright, Peter (December 9, 2015). "Microsoft open-sources Live Writer, beloved but abandoned blogging tool". Ars Technica. Conde Nast. Opening the app means that it'll get some much-needed maintenance
  5. ^ Wainewright, Phil (August 14, 2006). "Writer is Microsoft's first Live killer app". ZDNet. CBS Interactive.

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