After hearing all the buzz this afternoon on the new Beta of Windows Live Essentials release, I decided to upgrade. The main thing that has changed you will notice straight away is the new ribbon interface in it. I really like the ribbon interface, it’s actually difficult to go backwards when I’m forced to use old versions of Office when on client sites.
The one thing that I couldn’t find in this interface was the two features I use the most, “Post Draft to Blog” and “Post Draft and Edit Online”. I use these a lot as I blog from multiple PC’s so it’s fairly normal for me to start on one PC and continue on another. Although missing from the ribbons, when you look a bit deeper these features are still there. You can find these options by selecting the “Quick Access Toolbar” in the top left corner (where file used to live), then selecting “Save”.
Since I use these options all the time, by right clicking on the item you can add them to the Quick Access Toolbar so they displayed across the top.