I want to be clear that this is a one-time rant. I generally LOVE WordPress. I think it is an excellent blogging platform and I recommend it to everyone who asks. This is probably ‘just one of those things.’ As well, it is actually a rant about the WordPress App for Windows 8, and not actually about WordPress at all.
Last week I got my new computer, complete with Windows 8. Of course I am not new to Windows 8 – it has been my primary platform for nearly two years now – and I am certainly not a novice. As I am sick and stuck in a hotel room for a couple of days (by the way, any Montreal peeps who want to bring my chicken soup will get a prize – don’t know what) I decided to get blogging.
I usually blog from Windows Live Writer. I have been using it for years, and have never seen a good reason to change. However I have been hoping since the release of Windows 8 that they would come out with a modern version, and barring that would have tried a different blogging platform if I found a really good one.
I installed and configured the WordPress app, and it dutifully found my blog and all that rot. I then remembered a colleague mentioning that he had used that app to actually write his articles, and it wasn’t bad. I decided to try it out.
I started writing, and it seemed pretty intuitive, with some features that even the newest Live Writer doesn’t have (autocorrect). I was getting into it, but someone pinged me on Lync and I tabbed to that conversation. When I was done chatting I went bac…. huh? It’s gone? It’s not there? Whatchu talkin bout Willis? It was simply… gone. No auto-save, nothing. It was as if I had never sat down at the computer.
I think we are in dire need of a better app, and until we get one I am back to Windows Live Writer… from which I am happy to say I have tabbed away from several times during the writing of this rant and it has not been lost even once.