Why is Microsoft torturing Windows Live Writer users?

As an user of Windows Live Writer since December of 2008, I think Microsoft is outright torturing Windows Live Writer users. For reasons I truly don't understand, Microsoft acquired Onfolio Writer made only a few minor updates and then stopped doing anything with Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.] If you're a blogger you'll find this tool incredibly helpful- and it's refreshingly free from Microsoft.

When Microsoft was fighting the stupidity of having to deal with the 'live' product line, pretty much all the applications got updates and naming updates— BUT NOT Windows Live Writer.

I blogged about the fact Microsoft didn't do anything with it; and they still haven't. It's still Windows Live Writer 2012 and they haven't pushed any updates that people have asked for.

Every time someone points out a problem with Windows Live Writer the techs just say we'll look in to it and they never do. They hope the people's patients and interests drop in it; pushing them to do something new or stop using Windows Live Writer altogether.

There was a rumor that Windows Live Writer was going to be killed with the new Microsoft Office 2013, but that doesn't seem to be the case. And no one is using Microsoft Office Word to publish articles because it doesn't have the feature of plug-ins and the handing of images is a disaster.

Microsoft has all but forgotten about Windows Live Writer. They are hoping Windows Live Writer users will forget they forgot them not giving Windows Live Writer any love.

I have to admit that by Microsoft changing the Windows Live Writer support forums location they really cut a lot of dead weight. When they switched forums, they didn't keep the knowledge articles, they didn't reference them forward and people who had reminders on issues they were waiting for got deleted.

Microsoft hasn't even officially respond to users requests to push Windows Live Writer to be open source. Many people believe that Windows Live Writer could live on as a successful open source effort.

The people they're still using Windows Live Writer are using it for the benefits of being able to copy and paste images. Windows Live Writer facilitates this function perfectly. By default, Windows Live Writer pastes images as PNG [highly inefficient], but with installed plug-ins, paste images as JPEG's. Or additional plug-ins can assist in formatting inserted code, resizing images, picture effects, canned information and many other things.

But to this time, Microsoft continues to torture the faithful Windows Live Writer users with the hopes that Microsoft hasn't completely abandoned the off-line blogging application.


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.

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