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4:45 AM ET, August 14, 2006

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Writer Zone:
Introducing Windows Live Writer  —  Welcome to the Windows Live Writer team blog!  —  Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service.  —  Blogging has turned the web into a two-way communications medium.
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Om Malik / software.gigaom.com:
Windows Live Writer, Write On!  —  Mac-happy bloggers often use either Ecto or by Mars Edit as their desktop blogging client.  Given that those two products are pretty close to perfection, we are unlikely to switch to another client.  Windows PC users, on the other hand have had to choose from w.Bloggar, Qumana or some similar tool.
Discussion: Chris Pirillo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Writer  —  Microsoft launched Windows Live Writer today.  This is a free, downloadable application that runs on your Windows PC and allows you to write blog posts.  Don't bother clicking the link if you have a Mac, this is Windows PC software only.
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Windows Live changes the way you write your blog  —  Whether you are a full time blogger or you are just blogging as a hobby, we all have a need for the same thing: an easy to use blog editor to publish our entries from.  Luckily, Microsoft recognized this need for a What You See is What You Get …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
WINDOWS LIVE WRITER: FIRST IMPRESSIONS  —  Got my hand on the latest Windows Live Beta, called Writer, that just left embargo this very minute.  In this post, we'll be walking through the product.  Afterwards, I'll give my early review, and take a look at some problems I have with the software.
Discussion: MSTechToday, Coolz0r and Bink.nu
Chron.Com / TechBlog:
Just testing: Windows Live Writer  —  Well, what have we here?  Looks like Microsoft has released a beta version of a very slick blogging editor called Windows Live Writer.  I'm using it to write this post now, and so far I'm pretty impressed.  —  Let's see how it handles inserting images, such as a screenshot:
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Windows Live Writer ... Huh?  —  Microsoft's newly released Live Writer is getting oodles of praise, but I'm going to demur.  It's typical Microsoft eye candy: Pleasant to look at, but seemingly designed by people who have only seen photographs of real bloggers.  Some examples:
Discussion: The Post Money Value
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
This is why I still love Microsoft  —  Microsoft has had me pulling my hair out over the past month or two with some truly boneheaded moves.  But then they release something like Windows Live Writer and I remember that there is an upside for all the frustration.
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Exclusive: Interview with J.J. Allaire, Architect for Windows Live Writer
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Editorial  —  1. I think it's great that Microsoft is making a wizzy editor for bloggers.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Stephen Foley / Independent:
To google or not to google?  It's a legal question  —  Search engine's sense of humour crashes as it fires off warning letters over use of name as a verb  —  Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra "don't be evil", has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Warns Media on Using Its Name as a Verb  —  The Independent Online reports that Google has fired off a series of legal letters to the media, asking them not to use the name of the company as a verb.  This despite the fact that the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's include …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Play your own Xbox game  —  Microsoft is trying to turn hard-core gamers into Xbox programmers.  —  The company plans to show off on Monday a new set of developer tools that will let college students, hobbyists and others create their own games for the Xbox 360 console, for a Windows PC or both.
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
Microsoft Has a Starter Kit for Aspiring Game Designers  —  During the last decade, the cost of recording and producing music and video has plummeted, giving amateur auteurs a chance at stardom.  But at the same time, the expense involved in making video games has gone up …
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Video is the Future of Google  —  Google Video is the Future of Google  —  Last week Google took a step in their new direction by adding a link to Google Video above their main search box, and dropping their link to Froogle.  The change in search option choices on the main page …
Discussion: paidContent.org and IP Democracy
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To See the New Google Video Interface
Discussion: Screenwerk
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
Give Mikey A Break!!!  —  Oh how we love to hate 'winners' in this country.  Small coffee company from Seattle manages to get great expansion, we all go rah-rah-rah.  They become the biggest coffee chain in America, they are evil.  Small search engine takes on Microsoft, Yahoo, and everyone cheers them on.
Discussion: Blog Republic
 
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