Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. On August 23, 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs. In February 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. In October 2004, Pyra Labs' co-founder, Evan Williams, left Google. In 2004, Google purchased Picasa; it integrated Picasa and its photo sharing utility Hello into Blogger, allowing users to post photos to their blogs.
On May 9, 2004, Blogger introduced a major redesign, adding features such as web standards-compliant templates, individual archive pages for posts, comments, and posting by email. On August 14, 2006, Blogger launched its latest version in beta, codenamed "Invader", alongside the gold release. By May 2007, Blogger had completely moved over to Google operated servers.
As part of the Blogger redesign in 2006, all blogs associated with a user's Google Account were migrated to Google servers. New features are discussed in the service's official blog.
In September 2009, Google introduced new features into Blogger as part of its tenth anniversary celebration. The features included a new interface for post editing, improved image handling, Raw HTML Conversion, and other Google Docs-based implementations, including:
Vertical re-sizing of the post editor. Link editing in Compose mode.
New toolbar with Google aesthetics, faster loading time, and "undo" and "redo" buttons. In 2010, Blogger introduced new templates and redesigned its website. The Google Toolbar has a feature called "BlogThis!" which allows toolbar users with Blogger accounts to post links directly to their blogs.
"Blogger for Word" is an add-in for Microsoft Word which allows users to save a Microsoft Word Document directly to a Blogger blog, as well as edit their posts both on- and offline. As of January 2007, Google says "Blogger for Word is not currently compatible with the new version of Blogger", and they state no decision has been made about supporting it with the new Blogger.Blogger supports Google's AdSense service as a way of generating revenue from running a blog.
Blogger offers multiple author support, making it possible to establish group blogs.
Blogger offers a template editing feature, which allows users to customize the Blogger template.
Google Docs has direct publishing integration to Blogger.
Windows Live Writer, a standalone app of the Windows Live suite, publishes directly to Blogger.
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