We’re thrilled to bring you the final version of Windows Live Writer 2008–our first non-beta release!
We haven’t added many major new features since Beta 3. We’ve been focused on polishing off our more egregious remaining bugs, while trying hard not to introduce any regressions.
- Vista x64 support is back. And not a moment too soon.
- Generic AtomPub support. Server implementers should see this post and the links therein for excruciating detail.
- Support for more spell checking languages. Still not nearly as many as we would like, but it’s a start. We also made English spell checking available in all builds.
- Localized versions for lots of new languages/markets. Dozens of languages supported now–hard to believe Beta 1 was hard coded for English!
- Simpler Windows Live Spaces configuration. We were running into a lot of problems with the new "cid"-based Space names. This has been fixed.
- Support for higher-resolution images on Spaces. No more automatic resizing down to 600×600.
- Blogger image uploading fixed for externally hosted blogs. Due to a… quirk… in Picasaweb, images would appear broken in Blogger blogs that weren’t on blogspot.com. This has been fixed, although I still recommend using FTP-based image hosting if you can.
- <pre> handling in XHTML mode is fixed. Beta 3 would collapse whitespace in all tags, including <pre>, in XHTML mode. It took some ugly hacks, but it should work correctly now.
- No support for XP x64 or Windows Server 2003. However, the hacks that worked for Beta 3 will probably continue to work for Final.
Thanks to all of you out there that use Windows Live Writer and have given us so much valuable feedback over the past 15 months. Keep it coming–we’re not done yet!
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