Live Writer Lives!

Live Writer continues as Open Live Writer

There was an announcement today that will bring cheer to bloggers who have used and cherished Windows Live Writer. The team at Microsoft has been allowed to take this marvelous blogging tool to the open source community where its development and support can live on.

Long live Open Live Writer!

For the details go to Scott Hanselman’s blog post.


The website for the new tool is Download the initial version 0.5. It looks, feels, and works just like Windows Live Writer. There are some things that had to be left out. But the team will catch up and keep this the finest blogging tool bar none!

One more thing: This post was made entirely using the new Open Live Writer. It installed cleanly, downloaded the theme details from my blog, and worked smoothly. Even allowed me to put in the html code for the “boilerplate” on the bottom.

Great work OLW team! Continue on!!



  1. #1 by Vanessence on December 9, 2015 - 11:13 pm

    *dong the Snoopy Happy Dance* Woohoo!!

    Thanks for keeping us informed and up-to-date, Ludwig!

  2. #2 by Stephen Townsley (@ponsaelius122) on February 27, 2016 - 6:44 am

    I used to use Livewriter with blogger a few years ago then the Google authentication mechanism changed and it all stopped working. I had kind of “forgotten” it existed so it was great to see it back.

    I installed it with some enthusiasm. However PCs have changed and traditional Windows doesn’t handle hi res screens very well so even though my screen is set to 200% the fonts in Open Livewriter are simply tiny and almost unusable.

    So it’s welcome to have it all back but my next step is to buy a legacy laptop from ebay just to get a low res screen!

    • #3 by Ludwig on February 27, 2016 - 11:34 am

      Thanks, Stephen.
      You bring up an interesting problem. With what-you-see-is-what-you-get you also show what you supply to your readers in the size that your blog is set for. With most blogs around 800 px wide, on a 4K monitor you need a magnifying glass. The ever growing screen resolution, wide size range of devices – phones – tablets – laptops – desk monitors, and shift to “responsive” themes will certainly necessitate changes to Live Writer. Changing the displayed size of the work is easy in word processing programs like Word, even in lowly programs like Paint, and will have to come in OLW. Until then getting a for-blogging-only laptop or tablet is a good solution. I am typing this on a laptop I bought for $40, so it is even an economical option.

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