Automattic Releases WordPress.com Desktop App for Windows

Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, has released a Windows version of its desktop application. The app is free and works well on my Windows 7 64Bit machine.

It looks and performs exactly the same as its Mac counterpart. This is to be expected as the interface is driven by JavaScript that communicates with the WordPress.com REST API.

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WordPress.com Desktop App on Windows 7

It’s worth noting that the desktop apps don’t have as many features as the mobile apps. For example, you can’t moderate or manage comments. According to the development team, this is only the beginning and users can expect to see rapid iteration in the weeks to come.

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  1. I’d love to see this on Chrome/ChromeOS as well. I wonder how hard it would be to package it for Chromebooks.

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    1. It’s powered by Electron which unfortunately doesn’t support Chrome OS. From reading I’m told this is because you can’t run Node.js on it which is required in order to run the interface locally.

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  2. Cool. Now we both have the app. I kind of like it. Still not quite sure if I need it.

    How do you like it, Jeff?

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  3. I’ll be interested to see if it works decently as an ‘offline’ editor, and how it handles Markdown. This could be exactly what I was looking for.

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    1. Neither the Windows or Mac apps support offline mode yet but it’s a requested feature the team is looking into adding.

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  4. Ah, so it works for WordPress.com websites but also self hosted websites with Jetpack.

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  5. Do any of you prefer to use WordPress.com to manage/work-on your self-hosted sites? I usually never visit WordPress.com.

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    1. The only 3 reasons I visited WordPress.com

      1) Gravatar
      2) Akismet
      3) JetPack

      I don’t use #2 & #3 any longer (I use alternatives)

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  6. The app is free and works well on my Windows 7 64Bit machine.

    You are still using Windows 7? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10.

    Can I use the desktop app to write posts for my self-hosted WP? Does it support source code formatting, such as Java, C#, JavaScript, etc.?

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    1. I’m not moving beyond Windows 7 unless I’m forced too. I enjoy it and consider it the best version of Windows yet. It’s incredibly stable.

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      1. Actually, Windows 10 has turned out for me to be an incredibly positive experience. Faster booting, stable as can be, better on resources, and runs quicker. Everything Win7 is improved many times over, with not too much of windows 8 to get in your way.

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  7. Greetings earthlings.

    My spaceship has just landed.

    Where can I go to find out more about this WP Desktop App you speak about?

    Does it also make a good cup of tea?

    And can it be used to manage the automatic guidance system of our craft, which seems to be broken at the moment?

    Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz

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