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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    Enrolling in another Coursera Class – Data Analysis

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    I have been spending the last few weeks honing some of my math skills as we start to approach some data analysis tasks on the test team here. My degree is in math and this is particularly interesting for me since I get to use some of those ol' college...
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    A book review for a data analysis book I am using for testing OneNote

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    Looking back over my blog here, I don't think I have ever done a book review. I spent the last couple of weeks working through a book which I intend to use for testing and figured this would make a good topic for an entry here. The book is Data Analysis...
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    Getting caught up after a short break

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    I was out of the office last week (enjoying some Texas BBQ) and of course that was the week I got a huge number of emails and responses on the test blog here. Additionally, the day I left was the day the building in which I work needed some electrical...
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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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