With the recent release of Gershwin Update (WordPress v3.2) we’ve experienced a significant update the core admin UI, which I’ve found is very visually appealing (don’t you agree?).
There are more than a few blogs that have showcased and shared their thoughts on the new admin panel so I won’t go into the changes in-depth although I would like to mention that the full-screen focus-mode is killer.
In fact, I’m using it right not to just test it out! I can imagine that a lot of people might opt to use this out of the box instead of the many focused-writing apps that are available (my favorite being iA Writer).
Although I still counsel people not to write in WordPress directly since you still risk the potential of losing your writing efforts and data.