Office 2013 – is the end near for Windows Live Writer?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted July 16, 2012 20 comments

Kurt Del Bene is onstage now in San Francisco, debuting “Office 15″, or more correctly, Office 2013. While he’s talking, we jumped the gun and downloaded the Office 365 Home Premium Preview, and noticed a new feature in the “Backstage” area: sharing. And within sharing, we’re able to “Publish as a Blog Post:

Once we set up Word to publish a blog post to our LiveSide WordPress installation, we’re up and running, and are actually composing this blog post in Word 2013. Of course this doesn’t bode well for the future of Windows Live Writer, but if this works well, will it matter?

We’re still working out the fine points of getting our images to align correctly, but first impressions are that Word 2013 is fast (including a very fast upload), easy to use, and looks to be quite a credible blog creation tool.  Interesting!

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Category: News
Tags: Office 2013, Windows Live, Writer
  • Andrew_ww

    This has to be at least the 10th time the 10th time the end of Windows Live Writer has been predicted.

  • http://www.alvinashcraft.com/ Alvin Ashcraft

    It doesn’t matter too much as long as porting WLW plug-ins to Word isn’t too difficult.

  • Andrew_ww

    This has to be at least the 10th time the 10th time the end of Windows Live Writer has been predicted.

  • http://www.alvinashcraft.com/ Alvin Ashcraft

    It doesn’t matter too much as long as porting WLW plug-ins to Word isn’t too difficult.

  • heat_fan1

    You guys must not use Word very much.  This feature has been around since Word 2007.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It has been around, but never really worked very well – Writer was a much better option.  This looks to be much better implemented, although you’re right, we haven’t tried to publish from Word for a long time ;)

  • http://www.imaginatephoto.com/ Jordan

    You guys must not use Word very much.  This feature has been around since Word 2007.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It has been around, but never really worked very well – Writer was a much better option.  This looks to be much better implemented, although you’re right, we haven’t tried to publish from Word for a long time ;)

  • Ludwig Keck

    This feature, to post to a blog, is in the current version of Word 2010. So this in itself is not foreboding of the demise of Live Writer.   Let us all hope that Microsoft recognizes what a gem they have in Live Writer and will continue its development.

  • Ludwig Keck

    This feature, to post to a blog, is in the current version of Word 2010. So this in itself is not foreboding of the demise of Live Writer.   Let us all hope that Microsoft recognizes what a gem they have in Live Writer and will continue its development.

  • technogran

    Death of Live Writer? Over this Gran’s dead body! I’ll start a campaign, I’ll march on MS headquarters! And besides which, it seems to allow you no more scope than any online editor, so hasn’t the features and versitility of Writer. Plus, Writer is free, Offfice is not. Most users such as myself don’t use Office because we don’t need it, and in my opinion, using Word to compose a blog post would be akin to using a large mallet to crack a nut….

  • technogran

    Death of Live Writer? Over this Gran’s dead body! I’ll start a campaign, I’ll march on MS headquarters! And besides which, it seems to allow you no more scope than any online editor, so hasn’t the features and versitility of Writer. Plus, Writer is free, Offfice is not. Most users such as myself don’t use Office because we don’t need it, and in my opinion, using Word to compose a blog post would be akin to using a large mallet to crack a nut….

  • Foo

    This feature is in Word 2007 and 2010 yet there has not been a big migration from Live Writer.  What could they have done in 2013 that would make you move?

  • Foo

    This feature is in Word 2007 and 2010 yet there has not been a big migration from Live Writer.  What could they have done in 2013 that would make you move?

  • http://www.windowsobserver.com/ Richard Hay

    I too hope WLW stays around for a very long time.  I will try this out just to see if the HTML is any cleaner but I do recall how bad the HTML was in 2007 and 2010.

  • http://www.windowsobserver.com/ Richard Hay

    I too hope WLW stays around for a very long time.  I will try this out just to see if the HTML is any cleaner but I do recall how bad the HTML was in 2007 and 2010.

  • Jesse Houwing

    Anyone know how to configure this with Blogger & Picasa (or Flickr) when you have 2-phase authentication enabled on your google account and are using a custom domain to publish your blog to?

    I can’t get it to work and the documentation is horribly thin in this area. If the documentation doesn’t improve (and the screens won’t provide more guidance on what exactly it is you need to enter where) I don’t see this as my next big blog posting tool.

  • Jesse Houwing

    Anyone know how to configure this with Blogger & Picasa (or Flickr) when you have 2-phase authentication enabled on your google account and are using a custom domain to publish your blog to?

    I can’t get it to work and the documentation is horribly thin in this area. If the documentation doesn’t improve (and the screens won’t provide more guidance on what exactly it is you need to enter where) I don’t see this as my next big blog posting tool.

  • Ludwig Keck

    Well, I tried it. Yeck!!! See my post “Using Word 2013 as a blogging tool” http://wp.me/p15SHc-s8 - This is no nail for the WLW coffin, not even a thumbtack. 

  • Ludwig Keck

    Well, I tried it. Yeck!!! See my post “Using Word 2013 as a blogging tool” http://wp.me/p15SHc-s8 - This is no nail for the WLW coffin, not even a thumbtack.