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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Let's see if Microsoft can make a useful piece of software

Windows Live Writer (Beta)

That's what I am using to write this post. Now I am normally opposed to using much in the way of Microsoft products apart from the operating system itself.  I refuse to use Internet Explorer. It is buggy, insecure, and is so slow and clunky compared to other options such as Firefox and Opera.

Office and Outlook are a ridiculous waste of cash. If only the myriad of users out there could be pointed to Open Office and Mozilla Thunderbird, they could find that almost all the functionality that anyone ever needs is contained in free software that is generally better supported and maintained than the hideously expensive offerings by Bill Gates.

Maybe, just maybe, the fact that Windows Live Writer is currently free, it might become a useful tool.  Then again it might be made payware in the next six months and then I'll have to stop using it.

The advantages I can see right now are:

Support for Technorati tags

WYSIWYG editing that beats the Blogger Beta interface hands down

Edit, design and layout your posts in the way it will actually look on the blog

Unlike Frontpage, Windows Live Writer seems to keep the HTML code a lot cleaner and uncluttered

So far, I'm liking it. We'll see how it goes over the next few weeks.


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