I have the growing feeling that software can get too big and diffuse and difficult to update. Its much more unlikely, with small focused programs, that errors and omissions will be made when new versions come out.
Take, for example, the case of Microsoft’s Word 2010, which can be used to create and publish blog posts among many, many other things, and Windows Live Writer, which is their dedicated blog creation and publishing tool.
I decided to give Word 2010’s blogging feature a try and had no trouble getting it to recognise and register my blog. The trouble came when I tried to publish a post and the thing steadfastly refused to do so. I got the following error message:
I clicked the More Information button and got taken to a web page about Word 2007???
I did scan the page to see if I could spot what my problem was and came up with a big blank. It did caution that publishing does not work in file compatibility mode, so I converted the post to Word’s Docx file format.
That didn’t work. In stark contrast, Windows Live Writer has worked perfectly every time I’ve used it.
There are many benefits to using small and focused software programs.