Microsoft Releases Windows Live Writer 1.0 Beta Update

In Tools on September 29, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Windows Live Writer

As soon as I started using the beta version of Windows Live Writer I was sold on this tool. It does what it says that it can do. And setting things up was pretty easy. Added to that is the cool thing of extending its functionality with plugins.

Now Microsoft has released an update to the earlier beta 1.0 version. Here are the list of enhancements in the latest update as per the Windows Live Writer team.

  • Tagging support
  • Support for Blogger Beta
  • Categories are sorted by name and support scrolling, plus improved support for reading categories from your blog
  • Improved startup performance
  • Paste is enabled for Title region and TAB/SHIFT+TAB navigation between title and body supported
  • Insert hyperlink added to context menu when text is selected
  • Title attribute in Insert Link dialog
  • Custom date support for Community Server
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts for switching views
  • Change spell-check shortcut key to F7
  • Add ‘png’ to insert image dialog file type filter
  • More robust image posting to Live Spaces
  • Improved style detection for blogs 
  • Fixed issues with pasting URLs and links
  • Remember last window size and position when opening a new post
  • Open post dialog retrieves more than 25 old posts

I especially like the new “Insert Tags” plugin which is a convenient way of inserting tags to your post. And you can pick and choose whom your tag provider should be. On top of that you can add any missing standard providers of your choice. That’s pretty neat. And so many other features that makes this tool from Microsoft stand out. Good job WLW team.

Get the latest Windows Live Writer Beta 1 Update here.


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