Recently, Microsoft announced an open sourced and forked Windows Live Writer. This fork is known as Open Live Writers. It is also known as OLW. The Open Live Writer is under .NET Foundation and is managed by a group of volunteers. You can now easily Download Open Live Writer.
A tweet by Scott Hanselman, the principal program and community manager for Microsoft. Hanselman, states,
“We are going to open-source Live Writer, so don’t worry.”
This application made its debut in the year 2007, and it was part of the Windows Live Essentials, which included now-defunct programs, such as Messenger, Mail, Photo Glary, Movie Maker and SkyDrive. The last time that Live Writer was update was in 2012.
There are some new added features in the application, along with the removal of some features. To know more check the Official Blog,
Scott Hanselman is encouraging people to download and install Open Live Writer. He states,
“We encourage you to install Open Live Writer and try it out! OLW will run side-by-side with your existing Windows Live Writer installation. Open Live Writer installs VERY quickly and updates itself automatically. Try it out! It’s early but it’s a start. Please bear with us as we work to improve Open Live Writer.”
He concluded by saying,
“I know it felt like it took a long time to open source Open Live Writer. In fact, my buddy John Gallant found the first email where we started asking questions in April of 2013. There was a lot involved both legally and technically as we were breaking new ground for Microsoft. Consider this. We’ve successfully open sourced a previously completely proprietary piece of Windows software that shipped as part of Windows Live Essentials. This software was used by millions and contained code as old as a decade or more. Persistence pays off.”