Most of the Windows Live tools that Microsoft released back in ancient times have either been killed off or replaced by other products, such as OneDrive and Skype. But there's one product from the Live portfolio that still retains a faithful following, despite falling into neglect - and it appears that it will soon get a new lease of life as open source software.

Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool that Microsoft originally released back in 2006, and even today, it remains popular among a small but vocal band of users. However, many of them are frustrated that the app is no longer being actively maintained, and that the company hasn't lined up a replacement for it either. Live Writer's last major update was in 2012, although it did receive a minor update in early 2014 - and this has led to growing calls for Microsoft to open source the software.

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