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README.md

Open Live Writer

Open Live Writer makes it easy to write, preview, and post to your blog. For more information see http://www.OpenLiveWriter.org/.

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Installation

You can install the latest version of Open Live Writer alongside an older version of Windows Live Writer. Visit http://www.OpenLiveWriter.org to download and install the latest release.

Latest News

The current version of Open Live Writer is our first open source version. For a list of known issues see GitHub or take a look at the roadmap to see what the current plans are.

For the latest news and updates about Open Live Writer, you can follow us on Twitter (@OpenLiveWriter), by keeping an eye on the website http://www.OpenLiveWriter.org or by watching this repo and subscribing to notifications.

Contributing

Open Live Writer is an open source project and wouldn't exist without the passionate community of volunteer contributors. If you would like to help out then you can find more information below:

To contribute code to the project simply:

  1. Fork the repo and clone locally
  2. Create a specific topic branch, add a nice feature or fix your bug
  3. Send a Pull Request to spread the fun!

If you haven't already, please sign the .NET Foundation CLA to give us permission to include your code in the next release of Open Live Writer.

This project has adopted the code of conduct defined by the Contributor Covenant to clarify expected behavior in our community. This code of conduct has been adopted by many other projects. For more information see the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct.

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License

Open Live Writer proudly uses the MIT License.

History

The product that became Live Writer was originally created by a small, super-talented team of engineers including JJ Allaire, Joe Cheng, Charles Teague, and Spike Washburn. The team was acquired by Microsoft in 2006 and organized with the Spaces team. Becky Pezely joined the team and over time, the team grew and shipped many popular releases of Windows Live Writer.

As Microsoft was planning for the version of Windows Live that would coincide with Windows 8 operating system release, the teams that built the Windows Live client apps for Windows were encouraged to focus on building a smaller set of Windows 8 apps designed to work well with both traditional PC input mechanisms and touch. With the rise of micro-blogging platforms and other forms of sharing, eventually this team decided to conclude their work on Windows Live Writer with Windows Live Writer 2012.

Even though there was no active development, Windows Live Writer continued to be a favorite tool of a passionate community of Windows PC users for authoring, editing, and publishing blog posts. Data from WordPress.com at the time suggested that Open Live Writer (even two years after active development ended) was the #1 app for authoring a blog post to WordPress.com from a Windows PC.

A few employees at Microsoft took an interest in reviving Live Writer as an open source project in their spare time. By January 2015, a group of about a half-dozen engineers interested in spending some of their volunteer time to help release an updated version of Live Writer had found each other and began work on getting this open source fork of Live Writer formed and ready to ship. In December 2015 Microsoft donated the code to the .NET Foundation and this passionate group of volunteer engineers rapidly assembled the first open source version.

.NET Foundation

The Open Live Writer project is supported by the .NET Foundation.