Using Word 2013 as a blogging tool
The new Word 2013 Preview has a feature for posting to a blog. This is not new, Word 2010 and Word 2007 before it, had that option. With the many concerns that Windows Live Writer is about to be discontinued, this seems like a good time to check out this feature.
I composed this post as a normal, default “Blank document”. For blogging, of course, it is important to see the post as it will appear when it is published. At this point I have not yet “registered” my blog with Word 2013, so this is all that I can expect.
But first – let me save what I have typed so far. First surprise of Word 2013: The default location to save a document is SkyDrive.
I passed on that for now. Looks like Microsoft is really taken with the cloud.
Let me see how this “Publish as a Blog Post” option works. Here goes …
Registration is straightforward except the blog address expected by Word 2013. It wants “/xmlrpc.php” added after the blog address.
A new document windows opens with a ribbon showing some blog options. Here is a screen clip:
With that “Publish” option available – let’s do it.
Well, it worked.
That is the best I can say about this feature. I opened the post in Live Writer to edit and complete this post. No way can Word 2013 replace Live Writer. It is not even a crayon in comparison. In Live Writer I can add the tags and my “boilerplate” to finish the post. Another experience chalked up. You may not see me coming down this road again.
© 2012 Ludwig Keck