I had been using the Windows Live™ Writer for blogging ever since it was introduced. Since it did not had emoticon support out of the box in first versions I had been using a 3rd party plugin for the requirement. (Can’t remember which I did used but think it was Insert MSN, Yahoo and Custom Smileys)
But during last months I happened to find that it had broken the compatibility with Live Writer™. Just today I realized why Microsoft had released new versions of Windows Live Writer™ 2011 which of course has the emoticon support out of the box. (It even has the ability to auto format emoticon phrases to relevant emoticon automatically)
Among other features are ability to insert Bing Map locations, Post tags and more Windows 7 like user interface layout.
Only problem I found to be is no longer I can change the size of the emoticons which I can accept for the time being.
[Posted with Windows Live Writer™ 2011 on Windows 7 64bit]