Windows Live Writer is Microsoft’s flagship application. Whether they know it or not. There are companies being built on plugging the one remaining Mac hole.
When I capitulated to Mac, I wanted to go all-in. I really did not want to install Parallels. The only Windows program that either (a) I haven’t realized I don’t need, or (b) I haven’t found a (generally superior) Mac substitute for, is Windows Live Writer.
How crazy is that? I don’t need Windows 7. I don’t need Office for Windows. I don’t need any of that stuff.
But I do need one little free program that writes blog posts. Because it is infinitely better than the WordPress native editor. And infinity times infinity better than any of the crappy Mac blog editors.
Which means that I had to buy Parallels 7, which so far is really elegant, and runs perfectly under Lion. And I had to keep a Windows 7 license. The latter being no problem since my TechNet subscription is still in effect.
But if it weren’t, I would have eventually forked over a $120 or so, just for the OS that will allow me to install Live Writer on my Mac.
And there’s more. Knowing that I’d probably have to do this, I bought extra RAM when I bought my iMac. 16 GB, when I would have otherwise settled for 8.
Just to install Live Writer, I bought:
Parallels Upgrade $54
Windows 7 $120***
8 GB RAM $600.
$774.00. Just for Live Writer. Sounds crazy, I know. But after suffering through the alternatives for a couple of weeks, it seems like a great deal.
*** I didn’t have to pay any extra because I have a TechNet account, but I would have had it come to that.
I’m not the only Mac user who has installed Windows 7 primarily to use Live Writer. All of this tells me that some smart developer could create a really good Mac blog editor, sell it for $50 or so, and make a fortune.