Windows Live Writer Released
I slept in this morning and woke up to find that the product we’ve been working on, Windows Live Writer, was revealed a day early due to word leaking out about it. The blogosphere is starting to talk about it but at this writing it’s still early yet.
We had this project simmering on a back burner for a long time at Onfolio, as we were really excited about it but couldn’t convince ourselves there was a business plan for it. I’m so glad Microsoft saw potential in Writer–it would be a real shame if WYSIWYG* blog editing had never seen the light of day.
I’d like to give a quick tip of the hat to Tim Heuer, a Microsoft employee who blogged about us today. As soon as Tim received the internal build of Writer, he started reverse engineering our plugin API (before we had finished writing the documentation for it) and whipped out a Flickr plugin the very next day. He’s also provided us with a lot of great feedback throughout the dogfooding process and I think our product is a lot better for it. Of course there were many other dogfooders who gave us great feedback (thank you all!) and even several who also wrote cool plugins, but Tim was there first and banged on our door loudest. So, thanks Tim!
* Maybe we need to come up with a different way to say WYSIWYG, to reflect the fact that we take the styles from your blog–maybe “styled WYSIWYG”? Ugh, that’s just terrible…
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