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What is Windows Live Writer?

Windows Live Writer is a content management system that allows users to create blogs in just minutes and publish them to different blog service programs.  

The software is integrated with tools that makes it easy to share photos, videos, and other forms of media on virtually any blog service. Posts are also fully editable, thus, enabling users to update their content anytime.

Windows Live Writer was released by Microsoft under the Windows Live Essentials platform, which includes Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and more. It is not actively developed at present, with its last major version released in 2012. However, it was revived in 2015 as an open source application called Open Live Writer.

Overview of Windows Live Writer Benefits

Windows Live Writer prioritizes ease of use when allowing users to upload content on their blog – from images, videos, and long write-ups. Users can also share multiple pictures by creating a photo album with different styling options. Those who want to go beyond the software’s basic features can also explore a variety of plug-ins that will allow them to put more into their blogs.

After preparing content, users can preview exactly how a post will look like: from the fonts, spacing, colors, image resolutions, and more. This allows them to adjust different aspects of a post before it is published. Content is also fully editable even after it is live online.

One of the advantages to using the current version of Windows Live Writer is that users are not required to be online to create a blog post. One can simply log on to the application to add photos, videos, tags, and write content. Once there is internet access, then a user can immediately publish their prepared post.  

Apart from allowing users to create content, Windows Live Writer has tools to analyze blog sites, download graphics, and different page elements. This helps bloggers update their materials and make improvements based on relevant statistics.

Overview of Windows Live Writer Features

  • Image uploading, with controls on size and placement
  • Video uploads
  • What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor to give an instant preview of exactly how a post will look like when it is published
  • Offline editing
  • Post scheduling
  • Add multiple blogs from different accounts
  • Category and author management
  • Set post or page slugs
Latest open source version:
  • Spellcheck
  • Google Blogger categories to automatically populate for easy tagging of blog posts
  • Multi-language support

Windows Live Writer Position In Our Categories

Position of Windows Live Writer in our main categories:


Windows Live Writer is one of the top 50 Blog Softwareproducts


Windows Live Writer is one of the 50
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How Much Does Windows Live Writer Cost?

Windows Live Writer is a free blogging tool for Windows Live users, and comes with no enterprise pricing fees to worry about.

User Satisfaction

We realize that when you make a decision to buy Blog Software it’s important not only to see how experts evaluate it in their reviews, but also to find out if the real people and companies that buy it are actually satisfied with the product. That’s why we’ve created our behavior-based Customer Satisfaction Algorithm™ that gathers customer reviews, comments and Windows Live Writer reviews across a wide range of social media sites. The data is then presented in an easy to digest form showing how many people had positive and negative experience with Windows Live Writer. With that information at hand you should be equipped to make an informed buying decision that you won’t regret.






Technical details

Devices Supported
  • Windows
Language Support
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • Swedish
Pricing Model
  • Free
Customer Types
  • Small Business
  • Freelancers
  • On Premise
  • Open API

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What are Windows Live Writer pricing details?

Windows Live Writer is a free blogging tool for Windows Live users, and comes with no enterprise pricing fees to worry about.

What integrations are available for Windows Live Writer?

Windows Live Writer integrates with the following business systems and applications.

  • Windows Live Spaces
  • SharePoint blogs
  • Blogger
  • LiveJournal
  • TypePad
  • WordPress
  • Telligent Community
  • JournalHome
  • MetaWeblog API
  • Movable Type API
  • Blogengine
  • Squarespace
  • All blogs that support Really Simple Discovery

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