Microsoft just released a new tool: Live Writer.: “ Blogging has turned the web into a two-way communications medium. Our goal in creating Writer is to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone.” (they even include a “digg this” link at the bottom of the page).
I’ve played with it a bit – it enables individuals to publish to a variety of blogging platforms without having to login and use their interface. The spell check is nice (though it doesn’t recognize the word “blogging” – explain that for a blogging tool?!?). I haven’t tried the image feature yet…Overall, not a bad first attempt (I’ll continue playing with it for a while), though not everyone is impressed.