Windows Live Writer has a long history. Microsoft first published the tool in 2008 after the acquisition of Onfolio. As the years went by, development petered out, and the decision was made to open source the project in 2015. From there, Open Live Writer evolved, and now the app has further expanded with the release of a Windows store app. It allows you to compose blog posts, with support for your websites theme, image editing and more, while also proofing your writing. The news comes out of Microsoft's Ignite conference, which runs from 26th–30th of September, as shown by Twitter user Jeffrey Palermo:
@shanselman just released OpenLiveWriter to the Windows Store #MSIgnite pic.twitter.com/N68RuukVou— Jeffrey Palermo (@jeffreypalermo) September 26, 2016
Open Live Writer and Project CentennialThe recent publication is made possible by Microsoft's Project Centennial. Though it isn't a fully fledged UWP app, it can take advantage of Live Tiles and Notifications. The latest version of Open Live Writer has some new features, which we've listed for you below:
- “This release contains two major new features, spellchecking and categories for Google Blogger!
- Only one language can be spellchecked in Writer at a time, but you can change the language at any time by going to File > Options > Spelling and choosing a new dictionary language.
- Google Blogger categories will automatically populate for easy tagging of your blog posts. In addition to categories, there are several other Google Blogger bug fixes in this release.”