UPDATE 6/7/15: Looks like Windows Live Writer is back in business and able to publish to Blogger again! There is a God!
After publishing my last post late Monday night, it appears Google finally turned off their old authentication system (that allowed third-party apps to store your Google login/password and log in automatically on your behalf).
As a result, the blog authoring software I've used to create this blog for the past 9 years (Windows Live Writer, or WLW for short) has now died a sudden, tragic death. It is no longer able to publish to Google's Blogger service, because Microsoft never bothered to update it.
Google had announced to developers over a year ago that they would be shutting down the old authentication system in April of 2015. They gave developers plenty of support materials to help developers make the needed update to utilize the new authentication system (OAuth 2.0), and even extended the deadline an extra 5 weeks to May 27.
Some blog authoring software developers updated their apps in a timely fashion, but many, like Microsoft, did not.
Initially, there was a glimmer of hope yesterday when a Google staff member, Nick, posted on the Blogger Help Forum that they would be working to fix this issue immediately. But this morning, it seems, Nick has now revised his statement to essentially say that Google will not likely be turning the old system back on again just to accommodate the various lazy developers (like Microsoft) who refused to update their applications. Nick suggested logging a request directly on Microsoft's WLW Help Forum (on the slim chance that MS might actually respond).
I can't see as I blame Google. They need to keep their authentication system regularly updated and as bullet-proof as possible from potential hackers. Shutting down the old system allows them to better do this.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has never really put much effort into Windows Live Writer. They acquired the blog authoring software over a decade ago, and haven't released an update since 2012. To my knowledge, they never charged money for this application-- it was always just a freebie download.
Currently, an independent developer is asking Microsoft to release the WLW source code to the Open Source community so further updates to the app can be made that way. But, I'm not sure if or when that will ever happen--the developer was originally meeting with Microsoft about this a year ago!
For the foreseeable future, it looks like all WLW Blogspot bloggers will now need to find a new authoring solution to publish their blogs.
I've been hunting for a good Mac-based WLW replacement for the past 3 years with no real luck. Most recently, I tried the $30 Mac app called Desk which seemed to do text really well, but did not support the resizable image "thumbnails" that I liked so much with WLW (allowing the reader to click an image in the post to view it larger).
Before Desk, I had tried the Mac-based Blogo app last month. Its image features were downright comical.
So the search for a decent WLW replacement continues, and has now become much more urgent for me and thousands of other bloggers.
For now, I'll be using the only editor (that I know of) that currently works-- the free Blogger.com web editor. It's not as robust as WLW was, but at least it still works.
Please, please, PLEASE-- if anyone out there knows of any better Windows Live Writer replacements, let me know! And, hey you enterprising young software developers--- here's a golden opportunity to get thousands of new customers!