Is It The End Of Windows Live Writer (WLW)?

Windows Live Writer (WLW) is an exceptional piece of software that Microsoft has ever developed for bloggers. The simple and effective WYSIWYG interface helps a lot in creating neat and tidy content on the blogs.

In the past, we have seen how to download and configure WLW in a step-by-step process and it will go in vain. Because, the software is no more connecting to the blogs. It is showing authentication error that can only be solved by the Microsoft.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has stopped responding to the queries made regarding this tool since the long past only. They haven’t talked about it or mentioned about releasing of any update after Windows 7's. The last version of Windows Live Writer released was WLW 2012 build 16.4.3528.331.

Why Microsoft is ignoring it?

It is the million dollar question tingling in every blogger’s mind. Why is Microsoft ignoring the most wanted blogging tool? Is it because it has to be made available free?

I have a hunch that Microsoft discontinued this product because of the existence of a level of vulnerability to hack.

If you remember, you had allowed access to ‘less security apps’ in your Google account to connect your blogger blog to Windows Live writer for the first time.

Well, that means this tool is a less security application with the chance of getting the control ‘out-of-hands’ from the authorities.

‘Notes of compatibility’ on

It is not just the case with ‘Blogger’ but also with WordPress. On the support page of, you could see this following notice of compatibility stating the uncertain development status of this program.

Scott Hanselman from Microsoft tweets about revamping of Windows Live Writer tool in 2014 but it is no wonder if could not see any update about it till now as you are.

Google updates OAuth to 2.0

This is the reason why the existence of windows live writer is more questioned today. So far, bloggers were happy with the current 2012 version of the tool because, no major problem was pointed out except a few glitches over time till today.

But now, Google, as said in the past, has shut down the older authentication system and provided proper help and support to use the new one, OAuth 2.0. Several blog publishing software developers have updated their tools with this new upgrade but Microsoft.

What does this behavior mean? Are they ignoring it purposefully?

If every other blog publishing software developer can do it, why can’t Microsoft, being the ruling technology company in the world?

Yes, it seems like Microsoft is ignoring it purposefully. If you check out the Windows Live Writer page on Microsoft, the lastly supported operating system shown would be Windows 7.

What do you think? Will Windows Live Writer rise from death? Or do you have any best alternatives in mind? Feel free to share them with us if so.
Update(02-Jun-2015): Windows Live Writer started working again like before. Hope Microsoft is cooking up something about it.

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  1. Hi Sasidhar,

    Loved the tone of the post and people have been talking about this in the forums. I have never used this before but it seems like many liked Windows Live Writer.

    Scott's tweet is hilarious where he talks about a meeting and asks for RTs. :P Thanks for sharing the news. I will definitely share it everywhere on social media. :)

    ~ Rohan.

  2. Hi Rohan,

    Don't know what the tech giant Microsoft is expecting from the bloggers. People still love it and I personally love to blog from it. The company looks like its willing to spend less on other products' R&D than Windows and so Lumia device configurations are not being upgraded so far.

    They should start seeing the world beyond forecasted graphics.

    Thank you for adding up weight to it and sharing it to the world. It helps a lot.

    Have a great day!

  3. Hi sasidhar,

    I just came to know about you through a comment on rohan's post.
    I too love WLW a lot. I was just worried, when I got that error.Believe me or not, after WLW is down I cannot work on my blog posts.
    I don't understand why microsoft is ignoring such a valuable and useful tool.
    But the good news is that Google and microsoft are working together to fix this issue.
    Lets hope that even now microsoft realizes it and work on providing an update for WLW.
    Thanks for sharing the information.

  4. Susheel, I love when I successfully connect the dots. I am sure you will find more blogger friends soon. :)

    Sasidhar, Thanks for coming over at my blog and sharing your wisdom. So glad that Susheel got to know you from a comment you posted at my blog. :)

    Good day both of you!

  5. Hi Susheel,

    Good to know that you are a WLW user too. Welcome to Amfas Tech!

    It's a bit enouraging to know that Microsoft and Google are working together about it. I would be greteful if you could share the reference news article here with us.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing your concern about the issue.

    Hope they get it resolved very soon.

    Have a great week ahead :)

  6. Hi Rohan,

    Thanks for letting Susheel know about this and inspiring him to get involved in the discussion here.

    Have a good wek ahead :)

  7. Susheel, Its working now. I asked Sasidhar and Mustafa confirmed it. :)

  8. Thank you Rohan for notifying. I'll be updating it in the article in no time.

  9. Yeah! I found it from his update. Happy now.


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