A while back I installed Windows Live Writer but then didn’t use it. Yesterday I decided to give it a try, why it cropped back into my mind I am not sure, and I am very pleased with how easy it works. While I like WordPress a lot, I find the Dashboard interface a nuisance when all I want to do is write a post. It is fine for doing admin work but when all I want to do is post, having to wait for the Dashboard to load is annoying.
It is particularly bad on the Wp-SwimTeam site I have hosted on SourceForge. For what ever reason, it takes a very looooong time for the Dashboard update services to time out (SourceForge doesn’t allow the remote connections) so it isn’t uncommon to have to wait a minute or so before being able to post.
I can really see the value of Windows Live Writer for a user like my wife who needs to post updates to our Swim Team web site but doesn’t need to be burdened with the WordPress Dashboard overhead. Based on my initial testing, I like what I see.