OneNote Testing

What it is like to be a tester on the Microsoft OneNote team and day to day life as an SDET in Office. Plus a few tips for using OneNote and an occasional powertoy.

November, 2013

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    Sitting in the ship room monitoring OneNote feedback

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    We just released a major update for OneNote for Windows Blue! This was a lot of hard work for test and now I am sitting in a conference room as we see what customers are saying about the new release. It's a lot of fun and very eye opening (OCR is initially...
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    A really cool inverted color mode in Windows

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    I was testing some of the accessible features in OneNote and had to use the Magnifying tool in Windows. Because I was in this tool, I needed to explore all the options it has to ensure OneNote works well. So if you go to the Control Panel | Ease of Access...
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    Adding Unit Tests

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    Just a funny anecdote today. I overheard a developer mention that writing code for OneNote was easy, but adding unit tests was taking too much time. I had to disagree - the benefit of the unit tests is the long term stability they add to the project....
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    Getting rid of unwanted line breaks when pasting to OneNote

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    I got an email this week that asked about a problem I faced years ago. A OneNote user was pasting text into OneNote but the text was formatted poorly. Specifically, there were a lot of carriage return characters inserted into the original content that...
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    Some A/B Testing for OneNote layout

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    Back in May, I wrote a little about A/B testing for OneNote and used napkin math as an example . We are about do some more of this and it will involve our entire team so I wanted to mention that here. We are considering a small change to our layout code...
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    OneNote Tip: print to OneNote in portrait or landscape mode

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    I got an email from a OneNote user that was printing to OneNote and noticing that all of his printouts were in Portrait mode.  Since we have a virtual printer, he was not sure if he could change that to landscape (I never asked what type of document...
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    A seemingly unrelated paper I was asked to read

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    I've been doing a brush up on my statistics skills recently. This has been going pretty well since my degree is in math but I still want to "knock the rust off" as we start some data analysis work here in the OneNote test team. One of the papers that...
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