Windows Live Writer
OK so whats this post about? One of the pieces of software that Microsoft releases freely, Windows Live Writer, part of the windows live suite. Now a lot of people may expect a microsoft bashing or a simplicity bashing. But I don't think so. Yes its not open source but ok yes its free and yes it is released by Microsoft one of the biggest proponents to lock in previously. In my belief previously.
Its a simple bit of software. Simple and yet it works. It allows simple access to blogs - I'll add to what it supports, but so far I know it works with blogger, wordpress and livespaces (obviously). And you can add multiple accounts. This allows you to simply and quickly post upon multiple blogs. And the editing ability in it is simply designed and from what I can see better than any of the online editors of the above mentioned. It provides a link from offline software - office or graphics software - to the blog itself, an interface. And unlike most online blog editors a view of how it will look published, as you type.
In the end of the day it is designed for everyday users. For non-IT people and gives them a simple but advanced set of tools for use on a blog - can this not be good? To add to the blogosphere and push it forward? The pro-am (professional amateur) movement depends on people from many spheres of interest, many of which are non-IT people being able to publish and interact with us and with each other so that we can benefit from them also. For IT people it benefits productivity - smart software is not predictive its stuff that gets out of your way and allows you work easier. This speeds up my blogging and makes it easier. Is that not positive?
Definitely I would push this product and suggest everyone who wants to start blogging to use it and get a feel simply for the blogging world.