The Windows Live Writer Team has Announced Beta 2 is Now Available

Is it my birthday? Is it Father’s Day? I don’t know what the special day is, but I am not going to argue.

The Windows Live Writer team has just released Beta 2!

I am using the Beta 2 to blog this post. The interface has been updated. See the screen shot below of the updated program:


I have become pretty familiar with the existing interface, but I really like the new one – it is very polished. 

Do you like how I took a screen shot of what I was working on – I try to be more creative so you get a better idea of how things are working.

The update includes:

  • New Authoring Capabilities such as inline spell checking, page authoring for WordPress and TypePad, and improved hyperlinking and graphic insertion, I did not think the old functionality was lacking, I look forward to checking out the new stuff.
  • Better Integration and Capability such as SharePoint 2007 support, New APIs to enable custom extensions and local and online edits are automatically synchronized which will be a great help if you blog from more than one computer.

From the Live Writer Team –

We’re also excited to announce that Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of our new Provider Customization API to expose additional service-specific features within the Writer UI.

The API’s allow for greater customization and the ability to add / extend features at a later date.

I will let you know what I think after I have used the program a little more.

Quick Update

Chris Keating -Product Manager, Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Writer has additional information on the updated features and functionality of Windows Live Writer. (Additional Update – Warning reading Chris’ site may cause eye injury)

James Moody has a Quick Update on his post Windows Live Writer Beta 2 released that might help resolve any issues that you are having with Live Writer

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8 Responses to “The Windows Live Writer Team has Announced Beta 2 is Now Available”

  1. James Says:

    Thanks for the pingback Thomas. 🙂

    Anything I can do to help. I was left scratching my head as well on some of the new features I wasn’t seeing, then the epiphany hit me square in the face. If 1 less head gets scratched, it’s all good.

    Now that I know where you’re at, I know who to bug into getting EasyAssist integrated into LiveMeeting for us MS SBSC Partner types. 😉 j/k.

    Hvae a great day!

  2. Thomas Says:

    James – I have been watching the reaction as Live Writer has got released, and have mentioned to people to look at the bottom of the screen for tags, underneath the writing area. I wanted to include your update as I thought it was timely. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

    The interface has been changed around a bit, for the better I think, but it will take a while to getting used to the new program.

    I’m impressed you know about EasyAssist – you definitely score Geek points there. Let me know if you think there is anything I can do to help.

  3. James Says:

    I’ve spent some time with EasyAssist being a Techie Service provider myself. Group Policy befuddles me, so I get to see it when I have Microsoft Tech Support use it to bail me out of my clients’ messes they got themselves into. 😉 I know of a thread already in the Private MS forums regarding EasyAssist inclusion, so I really was just joking around. 🙂

    I use RDP and Ultra VNC for my regular clients, but would love to have EasyAssist for the calls I get out of the blue on how to setup an e-mail client, etc.. Easy money. 🙂

    I agree on it taking a little time to relearn the layout compared to the original. This one is much better and more intuitive (other than that stuff that’s tucked at the bottom) so it’ll be better in the long run methinks.

  4. Singh Says:

    This is an interesting post man,,, I wish I could also use that for my blog…but it’z alright I’m not ready to make a change although I’ve read alot about it and looks really Good.

    Nice one,,, this also relates to my post on

  5. Thomas Says:

    Singh – Windows Live Writer is configurable and has the ability to access most blog services. When you add your blog, you have the ability to configure quite a few settings – serivce, home page, ftp server to name a few options.

    Another benefit is once you set it up on a new blog, you have the ability to update settings for Live Writer from you blog.

  6. Thomas - Technical Blogger Windows Live Writer - Follow Up with Additional Resources « Says:

    […] June 4th, 2007 — Thomas This is a follow up to my original post on the release of Windows Live Writer Beta 2. After using the program for a couple of days I have learned more about using the program, and have […]

  7. Windows Live Writer 1.0 Released « Thomas - Technical Blogger Says:

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  8. hb Says:

    exellent post,,,,
    windows live writer is no longer avaiable?
    i went to the official downlaod site… and its not working nemore..

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