I’m delighted to see someone has found a way to make Microsoft’s excellent multi-platform blogging app, Windows Live Writer into a portable run-it-from-USB program. If I read the instructions correctly, it’s a shame you have to actually install it properly first, before you go portable – but maybe that’s something that can be ironed out?
As regular readers will have noted, there’s a growing trend in my work (and indeed, others’) for using blog tools to do basic (or indeed, medium) content management. And whilst the blog platforms’ web interfaces are usually OK, there are times I’m sure it would be easier to give people a desktop application which looks, feels and works like Word. Easier to post with, and no admin options to get in the way.
But all too often, these jobs are ‘stealth’ projects, because the IT department can’t/won’t play ball… so they’re hardly likely to approve the installation of blogging software on otherwise locked-down machines. This might be a way round such headaches.
(If any readers know of a different/better solution, a ‘portable’ desktop blogging client which doesn’t require proper installation on Windows, and works with Typepad and WordPress… leave us a comment, would you?)