Windows Live Essentials from Microsoft features several software packages which are available to download for free and which can be used for everyday tasks on the computer. Some of the software available can be seen at this website: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials?os=win7 and they include Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Messenger, Writer and Family Safety.
In this blog post we are going to focus on one of these software packages called Windows Live Writer. Here are a few words about Windows Live Writer extracted from the Windows Live Essentials webpage, http://explore.live.com/windows-live-writer :
"Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service--Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more. Writer is part of Windows Live Essentials, which includes free programs for photos, movies, instant messaging, e‑mail, blogging, family safety, and more. Get Writer or get them all--they're free!"
Writer is indeed easy to use and it allows you to publish to your favorite blog server in a few easy steps or, if you don't already have a blog, you can let Writer create one for you so that you can start posting.
To download Writer follow this link: http://g.live.com/1rewlive3/en/wlsetup-web.exe
Learn the basics
Let's work through the process of setting up Writer so that you can publish blog posts to your blog. In order to do this you need to have a blogging service such as Blogger, WordPress, MovableType etc. If you do not, you will have to create one.
Follow these steps to set-up Writer:
1. Open Writer.
2. The first time you open writer, you get a window message asking you what blog you use. If you don't have a blog you can let Windows Live create one for you by selecting "I don't have a blog; create one on Windows Live for me" and following the instructions which are really easy. If you already have a blog, select the right choice from the list. Figure 1 shows this window message:
Figure 1: Writer, What blog service do you use?
For the purpose of this blog post, we used Blogger as our blogging server to illustrate how to set-up Writer
3. Click Next
4. You will be prompted with another window asking you for the address of your blog (the address people go to to see your website) and your username and password to access that server. In Figure 2 below, we used a test blog hosted by Blogger and we used the username and the password that we would use to log-in into Blogger.