Windows Live Install on 2003 Server ?

Windows Live Install on 2003 Server ?

I used to have Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Messenger on my Windows 2003 Server box. Now, this new fantastic integrated setup says it won't install on this operating system. Ridiculous. You read the release notes, and in fact it only says Windows XP and Vista.

I see.

Well, I happen to use a Windows 2003 Server at home – the same machine for day to day use (like writing this post or checking private email) and doing some study/testing. I don't have loads of machines. I don't actually have money for a new machine (even if I would really need a new one to test stuff).
I try to do more with less.

Well, if this does not install, what am I supposed to do ?
I want to chat with people, which means I'll keep using Pidgin on this machine. That way I also have my GTalk, ICQ and Yahoo buddies all in one place. And it eats up much less memory that the "real" live messenger. And without advertisements. How nice.

I am sorry when my employer does this kind of stupid things. This is not interoperability. It does not even work on OUR operating systems!

As for Windows Live Writer, read Phil's post. It seems like FrontPage, all over again.
For writing this post I've used Flickr.
Since I happen to post quite a bunch of photos or images on my blog, I find it ideal. The ONLY thing Flickr is missing, when used as a blogging tool, is the ability to post tags/categories too. Otherwise it would be perfect.




2 thoughts on “Windows Live Install on 2003 Server ?

  • September 15, 2007 at 6:33 pm
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    (I'm an SDE on Windows Live Writer)

    Sorry for this. It remains to be seen whether 2k3 will be supported for the final release of these clients.

    Most of the problems described in Phil\'s post have been fixed in Beta 3 (spurious non-breaking spaces, lack of XHTML well-formedness, non-standard attributes). The only one that has not is the verbose style in the div.

    There are workarounds for getting WLW/WLM/etc. installed on 2k3–shoot me an e-mail.

  • September 17, 2007 at 10:38 am
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    Oh, well, I am sorry for this too, I have probably been too harsh…. Live Writer IS a very cool tool, and I have even been using it in the past to do crazy things such as "Out-Blog" – http://www.muscetta.com/2006/11/24/out-blog/ :-)))

    I like the tool, I am glad to hear most of the issues with HTML-outputting are fixed.

    When I wrote this post I was mostly really annoyed by not being able to upgrade a single tool I was already using, rather than the whole lot. Especially if there are "workaraounds" to get it running on 2k3…
    I understand the need for one integrated installer, and a suite of products that work nicely with each other… but we should still give the chance of choosing only one, IMHO…

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