After briefly testing embeded comments over on the draft version of Blogger (their eternal beta), Google has finally decided to push the beta feature to the public realm, as well as making embeded comments the default setting for blog*spot blogs everywhere.
(Blogger Buzz) Today we’re bringing the embedded comment form out of Blogger in draft and making it easily available to everyone. This feature puts the comment form at the bottom of each post page, below the comments, instead of on the separate, Blogger-styled page.
The embedded comment form is more convenient for your readers because they can use it to post a comment immediately, without clicking over to a different page. It also looks better, since it matches your blog’s style and colors.
What’s really interesting about the new comment form (at least for those who have never implemented it before) is the fact that Google is allowing users from competeing platforms (such as WordPress, LiveJournal, and TypePad) to comment using their own login systems, as well as the option of posting with OpenID.
Google is also allowing users to post with Blogger from iGoogle as well, helping to expose their platforms to those who enjoy living within the Google portal.
(Blogger Buzz) Today, we’re releasing our Blogger Post Gadget for iGoogle. Now you can edit and publish posts directly from your custom iGoogle homepage, making it even easier to share your thoughts with the world.
The iGoogle app allows bloggers to post entries (with html and labels support included), although it does not allow you to upload any photos.
While its good to see Google release even more features to the public (after heavily testing them in beta), hopefully Google will publically release (and perfect) its long awaited import-export tool (as many people are waiting to import their blogs onto Blogger, since Google is giving out free hosting).