Microsoft's new blogging tool

Out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new blogging tool which lets you post not only to their own Windows Live Spaces, but also to ‘Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress (and many others)’. Actually… I say ‘not only to Spaces’… so far it’s giving me an error message every time I try to set Spaces up. But I’m using it right now to post this on, so if you’re seeing this, I guess it works OK.

The ambitions seem laudable. It promises ‘true WYSIWYG blog authoring’ – although I’m only seeing Times New Roman on a plain white background. If it really succeeds in making ‘inserting, customizing, and uploading photos… a snap’ (ouch! pun!), then good on them. The ability to add maps is cute too – although, one suspects, it won’t be enough to close the yawning gap between Google Maps and Windows Live Local.