Microsoft has had me pulling my hair out over the past month or two with some truly boneheaded moves. But then they release something like Windows Live Writer and I remember that there is an upside for all the frustration.
I first saw a reference to Windows Live Writer on Liveside this morning and made a note to check it out later. Then I got a note from Dwight Silverman, who called it “the best blogging editor I’ve seen yet.”
First impressions? Wow.
But that should be no surprise. As soon as I saw who was behind this, I knew the bar was going to be set very high. The team is led by J. J. Allaire, founder of Allaire Corp., which developed ColdFusion and HomeSite (my very first website editor). A couple years ago, after selling Allaire Corp. to Macromedia, he founded Onfolio, which delivered the first version of what had the potential to be a great web-clipping application. It never got the chance to really see maturity, because Microsoft snapped up Onfolio and has been busily making use of its pieces.
I’ve used just about every blog editor around and had settled on BlogJet as the best of the bunch, although far from perfect. In less than 10 minutes, this one is well on the way to winning me over.
Update: LiveSide has an interview with J.J. Allaire.
Update 2: In the comments, Dwight points out that Allaire acquired HomeSite (and hired its founder, Nick Bradbury) from Bradbury Software. Nick went on to develop FeedDemon, my favorite newsreader, which was acquired by NewsGator, whose CEO J.B. Holston formerly ran Ziff-Davis Europe, where I worked on the German Windows Magazin in the mid-1990s. Small world. Thanks, Dwight.
Update 3: After a few days of using it, I still love Windows Live Writer. See this post at ZDNet.>