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.

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    A nice surprise and powertoy should be ready on Monday!

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    I don't want to tip my hand too much or over promise anything, but I have to say that if everything comes together on Monday we will have a new addition to go along with powertoys. I will only say for now (teaser) that I have a powertoy almost ready to...
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    Grief with the Gateway

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    I got my Gateway to replace the Lenovo which had given me problems. The Gateway had been working great until today - nothing exciting like the random failures the Lenovo exhibited. It simply would not power on. What can you do at that point? No fan...
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    Paper wins again

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      I received an email a week or so ago from Jeffrey and he made this comment: "I have TODO lists in Outlook, OneNote, and in my back pocket at all times, with the latter being the most effective (go figure). " I agree with him about the...
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    Some soon to be updated documentation for napkin math

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    I had an old machine give out on me earlier this week. The memory on it had started giving parity errors, and the hard drive finally went out completely - fdisk simply would not even run any more. This particular machine had been the machine I use to...
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    Automation tasks for the OneNote test team

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    Right now we have a little bit of spare "bandwidth" to complete some automation tasks which have been building up over the last few months. The lingo around here never lets us refer to spare time: we always call someone who has a few free hours to spare...
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    Performance testing with OneNote continued

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    My last update was about indirect performance testing of OneNote when I was creating the Gutenberg addin. That was an example of some bare minimum performance testing - using a stopwatch and built in memory tracking tools (Task Manager) to measure performance...
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    Testing OneNote performance with huge amounts of text on a page

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    I was reading the newsgroups a few weeks ago and saw this question : "Will onenote run better if I keep my pages shorter?" OneNote performance is pretty good overall, but I had also noticed when I was creating my Project Gutenberg importer that things...
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    Testing from home

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    One of the things we allow on the OneNote test team is working from home now and then. We have tried hard to keep the process lightweight and leave the decision up to you for whether or not you can meet all your goals and work at home on any given day...
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    Using personas to help develop setup tests

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    Last week I wrote about two different types of testing. One was setup testing : the very time consuming process of ensuring an application installs correctly. The other was using personas to develop tests to ensure people can use our software in specific...
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    Using OneNote's customers as a basis for designing tests

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    One of the more easy to explain testing techniques we use at Microsoft to ensure our software meets the needs of users is that of "persona testing." Actually, personas are used to define new features first, so let’s start there. Suppose we wanted...
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