Wave 3: Windows Live Writer – A First Look

By ScottIsAFool | In News | Posted September 17, 2008 11 comments

So now that you can download Wave 3, we’ve seen Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live Mail, now let’s look at Windows Live Writer:



A lot of what is in this new beta was seen in the Live Writer CTP back in June, like the SDK we have already discussed, and nothing is new from that point of view. Obviously the UI has changed to look more in line with the rest of the Wave 3 products.

Inserting videos has been a part of Writer since the final release of Wave 2 last year, and in the CTP, Writer allowed you to upload your own videos to Soapbox and insert them without ever having to leave Writer. Well, they’ve taken that one step further and you can now post your videos to YouTube.

WriterCTPUploadVideoWindow WriterVideoWindowUpload
Writer CTP Writer Wave 3



What’s also changed with videos is you’re not just limited to Soapbox to get your already existing videos from:

WriterCTPInsertVideoWindow WriterInsertVideoWindow
Writer CTP Writer Wave 3

Writer now supports some newer blogs, and whilst I don’t have a complete list as yet, I do know that this does include Radio Userland:


We’re also hearing that this version of Writer will also support some of the new services coming in the Wave 3 update, including photos.live.com, which should allow greater interaction between Writer and the photo services from Windows Live. So keep your eyes open here as when these service interactions do go live, you can bet we’ll be posting about them.

More LiveSide reviews of the Windows Live betas:

Wave 3: Windows Live Movie Maker Beta

Wave 3: Windows Live Mail – Calendar, Calendar, Calendar (and more)

Wave 3- Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta – What’s New- A Comparison With 8.5

Wave 3: Windows Live Photo Gallery – New Features

Posted September 17th, 2008 at 1:27 am
Category: News
Tags: Wave 3, Windows Live, Writer
  • http://www.liveside.net/members/surilamin/default.aspx surilamin

    You guys are really cranking out those articles…I like the UI facelift on the writer…

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Seika/default.aspx Seika

    One of the small fix I like is, when the smart-quote auto-replace kicks in, Live Writer doesn’t dump random p tags in the entry I type.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/ScottIsAFool/default.aspx ScottIsAFool

    @surilamin more to come ;) Still Messenger and Photo Gallery ;)

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Chris/default.aspx Chris

    And toolbar :P


  • http://www.liveside.net/members/ScottIsAFool/default.aspx ScottIsAFool

    @Chris that’s your baby isn’t it ;)

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/John-OBrien/default.aspx John OBrien

    Like elves in the night I had the advantage of it being my daytime to get the Movie Maker article done, sad it didn’t have more features.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Ryan/default.aspx Ryan

    This needs direct upload to SkyDrive.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Khristopher/default.aspx Khristopher

    I’m disappointed that they are still not hiding the menu bar like you can do in Mail.

  • damaster

    @Khristopher: Me too. I’d prefer if they hid the menu bar too.

  • http://ranpha.wordpress.com ranpha

    I have problems installing Windows Live Writer, it failed with error code 0x80004005. No problem at installing Messenger and Photo Gallery.

    Is there any way to solve this? Is there any way for me to download an offline installer?

  • http://ranpha.wordpress.com ranpha

    Nevermind, after uninstalling the old version and then reinstall with the 100+MB setup file everything seems to be A-OK.