Windows Live Writer, Microsoft’s desktop blog-publishing application part of the Live Essentials bundle, has not been updated in quite a while, and now it seems that Redmond could be planning to make it open source.
The most recent version of Windows Live Writer dates back from 2012 when it was made available as part of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite. Soon, it’ll be 3 years since the tool has received an update, but yet there are quite a few out there who are still using the product.
But relying on a product which doesn’t receive updates and also needs to be online most of the time is not the safest thing to do. So if you can’t maintain a product, why not make it open source and let the community contribute towards its development. And there’s a chance that this could happen, at least according to a recent tweet from Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman who said the following reply to one of his followers:
we are going to open-source live writer, so don’t worry
Of course, he didn’t give any hints as to when this could happen, but the person who asked was curious if there’s a ‘Windows 10 answer for Live Writer.‘ If you have been using Windows Live Writer, then you probably have become attached to the tool, and if Microsoft would make it open-source by the time it release Windows 10, it will get a few more ‘yays’ from the open source community.
But according to a recent report from ArsTechnica, it seems that ‘the process is not as complete as Hanselman’s tweet led us to believe, and there’s still a chance that this might not happen‘. As a person who has used the tool for many years, I really hope that Microsoft won’t ditch its product but will choose to improve it.