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

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:

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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!