Posts Tagged 'MIcrosoft'

Testing Windows Live Writer Plugins

I recently installed Microsoft Windows Live Writer in order to enable offline/desktop content creation for my blog hosted at So far Live Writer has exceeded my expectations by far, simply put, it is awesome. The user interface is very similar to the familiar Microsoft Office product suite user interface.

Windows Live Writer Screenshot

From Wikipedia: “It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality, and is currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint blogs, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Telligent Community,, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog API, the Movable Type API, Blogengine, Squarespace, and all blogs that support RSD (Really Simple Discoverability). “

I have started playing around with Windows Live Writer plugins, as I discover plugins I’ll write a blog entry if I find a plugin to be impressive. In addition I have also started looking at the Live Writer API. If inspiration strikes I will attempt creating my own Live Writer Plugin.

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Microsoft HelpBridge Disaster Response App

Last week Microsoft released a new free mobile App called HelpBridge. The App has been released for Windows Phone, Android and iOS, with the purpose intended around natural disaster response and relief operations.

HelpBridge can be used when a natural disaster occurs to connect friends and family being affected. Users can also provide help through HealthBridge in the form of donations or resources required by relief operations.

When setting up HealthBridge users need to provide contact details for a list of friends and family members. When disaster strikes HealthBridge can be used to contact a user’s friends and family by SMS, email or Facebook and indicate if the user is Ok or needs help. The phone’s GPS can also be used to provide location data.

Download HealthBridge here: Windows Phone Android iOS

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Dewald Esterhuizen

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