ComputerWorld has taken a look at the beta of Windows Live Writer:
Even just a couple of years ago, would you have expected Microsoft to create a free word processing application DESIGNED to be a plug-in for open-source software? OK, so the new Windows Live Writer beta is just for blogging, not exactly a threat to Word. Still, even though some refinements are needed, it's a pretty neat application that could foreshadow what a Windows Live Word app might look like.
Unlike typical Microsoft bloatware, this installer was a sleek under-5 Meg. Alas, I'm not using Live Writer now to post this blog entry, since it didn't auto configure with the software we've got running here. But when I tried it on my personal blog running WordPress (Planning Livable Communities), it took just seconds to configure..