Writer Zone: Windows Live Writer: Out of Beta

Here you go – fresh out of Beta – Windows Live Writer 2008.

I can’t wait to play with it.


Windows Live Writer: Out of Beta

Thank you to everyone who tried out the beta releases of Writer over the last year and gave us feedback. Over 1.5 million of you downloaded our last beta release, and your input helped make Writer the product it is today. 

Our goal from the start has been to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone. Today, we’re proud to announce that Windows Live Writer 2008 is now available!

Download Writer 2008
Windows Live Writer 2008 (version 12.0.1366.1026)

Most of our work over the last few months has been focused on raising the quality of Writer and putting the final fit and finish on the product. However, there are still a few new features in this release to check out: 

imageEasier Spaces creation and configuration
Whether or not you already have a blog on Windows Live Spaces, now all you need is a Windows Live ID username and password to configure Writer to your Spaces blog.

Spell checking in four languages
This includes three flavors of English dictionaries:

  1. English (US, UK, Canadian)
  2. French
  3. German
  4. Spanish

Generic AtomPub Support
Configuration and publishing to services that implement Atom Publishing Protocol 1.0.

We have heard from many of you about the pain and frustration in the last beta release when support for installing on x64 systems was not supported.  We’re happy to share that this has also been fixed and now installation on Windows Vista x64 is fully supported.

As always, we’re eager to hear feedback and learn about what you like and what you don’t like.

Later this week you’ll have an opportunity to tell us in person. Members of the Writer team will be attending BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas.  We’ll have a product booth with this release of Writer for all to try. Come by and chat with us!

The Windows Live Writer Team

Writer Zone: Windows Live Writer: Out of Beta


  1. @Kaylyn – I wish they would, but they haven’t suggested they will be. I’ve asked in the official forums. I’ll let you know what they say (if anything). I could use it as well! ❗

  2. Hi Rob,

    Do you think they will ever add a grammar check to WLW? I could sure use one! ugh! 😛