A group of Microsoft engineers today made good on a June promise and released an open-source version of the venerable Windows Live Writer, a tool that continued to be popular among bloggers even after Microsoft discontinued development three years ago.
The forked version, dubbed Open Live Writer, can be downloaded from the group’s website. The download is approximately 4.6MB in size.
“If you’re willing to put up with some bugs, then join us in this brave new world,” wrote Scott Hanselman, a principal program and community manager for Microsoft, on his personal blog Wednesday. “We’re calling today’s release version 0.5.”