I’ve said for a long time now that the best blog editor on the market, bar none, is Microsoft’s Live Writer.
LiveWriter Home Menu
LiveWriter Insert Menu
It’s a real joy to create blog posts there but it’s got problems for my personal workflow. It requires you to be running Windows. I spend more time in Ubuntu or Mac OS so I’d have to specifically boot into Windows 7 to use it. For me, it’s important to be able to write a post no matter what computer I’m using. To that end, I either create the post in the WordPress editor itself or more likely, using the ScribeFire extension in a browser. It’s there when I need it.
Both are great ways to compose, edit, and post blog entries. The ability to save Drafts mean that I don’t have to create a post in a single sitting. My proofreading team (hi Lisa and Sheila) would undoubtedly ask that I spend more time on that task but it is what it is. At least I know that two people read my posts for content and meaning.
This morning, the field gets bigger. I read this story.
Right off the bat, I had to tip my hat to the commenters to the post. You did make me smile. But the ramifications of this are interesting.
OneNote already has a comprehensive set of composing and editing features.
OneNote Home Menu
OneNote Insert Menu
A great deal of energy has been spent convincing people to use OneNote instead of Evernote or Google Keep as your on-the-fly note taker. Now, a plugin to WordPress ups the ante nicely. Imagine using the same tool that you would use for notetaking anyway as a blogging editor. Since Microsoft doesn’t have a public blogging tool that I’m aware of, the partnership with a biggy in the market seemed natural. I’m assuming Blogger didn’t return their call?
Many school districts have adopted Office 365 as their productivity platform but have lamented the lack of a blogging tool which is so powerful in education.
Could this be their answer?