Windows 7 is a wonder. I had, long ago, panned Windows 7 for not being being more, simply put, EPIC. But after the torment in Tartarus that was Windoze Vista, Win7 has been really really nice.
As a treat to Microsoft, I’m actually giving their suite of Live Tools a try, including Life Writer. It seems to have done a suitable job of downloading my theme and giving me a ‘edit my blog’ sort of feel. It obviously does not have the capabilities of my Zemanta-enhanced WordPress editor, but does seem a handy way of firing out quick, non-media-heavy posts. It sensibly includes a quick buttons to open the actual WordPress dashboard, to manage comments and a button to my blog itself. I will look into the plugins as well to see if I can make this a little more effective.
PS: Browsed through the ‘plugins’. Some look useful, none look authentic or safe. Giving them a wide-berth for now. Also inserting URLs and images is just not as easy / smooth as on the WordPress editor.