On an earlier post I mentioned writing about remotely posting to WordPress with a Windows Client. Well, we have arrived and I am glad to tell you there is a great free tool to do just that. Windows Live Writer 2011 is part of the Windows Live Essentials available for download. Windows Live Essentials 2011 can be found at http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials?os=other. It includes Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Windows Live Mesh, Writer, Family Safety, Mail, Messenger Companion, Bing Bar, Outlook Connector Pack, and Microsoft Silverlight.
The system requirements are:
- Operating system: 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, or Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008.
- Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
- Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher
- Resolution: 1024 × 576 minimum
- Internet connection: Online services require dial-up or high-speed Internet access (provided separately—local or long-distance charges may apply). High-speed Internet access is recommended for some features.
- Graphics card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.
Some Windows Live programs have additional requirements.
- Windows Live Photo Gallery and Movie Maker require some components of DirectX 9, which might be installed for you if they’re not found on your computer.
- Windows Live Mesh requires OS X 10.5 or newer to run on a Mac.
- Windows Live Messenger video chat requires a webcam, a microphone, speakers or a headset, and high-speed Internet access. HD video chat requires a compatible HD webcam and a 2.0 GHz or higher processor. HD webcams may also have additional system requirements.
Installation is a snap. Click on the Download Now button and click Run instead of Save. Once the file is downloaded you will be prompted to choose which programs you want to install, that’s your choice to make. In my case I just selected Writer. Once the installation is completed you will find the shortcut under Windows Live > Windows Live Writer. Click on the link to fire it up and you will be prompted for your Type of site and then credentials to connect to your site. That’s all there is to it. Type up your entry and click publish and your blog entry will post.
There are many options for formatting and inserting media.