Microsoft has launched a blogging software as part of its Windows Live service that makes blogging easier for technophobes.

While most blogging services require that the users has some understand of web encoding, Windows Live Writer features a what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface, so that it just requires you write and format as you go.

Uploading images and placing them in the interface has been made easier, as has adding maps to blogs. Simply insert a Windows Live Loca map into a post.

Best of all, it's compatible with weblog sites including Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, and others, although it's designed primarily to encourage people to join Windows Live Spaces.

Windows Live Writer is available in beta