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  • Blog Post: Longest remote home folder test … 600 miles…

    Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but I’ve been quite busy fixing bugs which are either old, new, borrowed and quite far away. In fact some are so far away it takes driving all the way to Burbank, CA to verify the fix. I’ve spent a good number of weeks working on fixing a variety of Remote...
  • Blog Post: Update on Office 2008 progress!

    Last Wednesday was our general “ZBB” target for the Office 2008 project, a major milestone on the road to release and something we’ve been pushing hard for over the past several months. We saw some fantastic surging by the development team to clear out backlogged product issues late into Wednesday night...
  • Blog Post: Speaking of numbers...

    One of the features in Excel I'm in charge of testing is "Calculation, Functions, and Formulas", which (surprise!) is exactly what it sounds like. Being a big math and numbers geek, I was very excited to learn that I would inherit these features when I started. The way that we test these this area is...
  • Blog Post: Living complexity

    Brad's Carl Sagan-style post on code size stirs up some familiar questions about complexity management here at MacBU. With every release of Office, we remove, rewrite and add new code. Often we can remove significant amounts of code without losing functionality – say, remove use of a custom HTML renderer...
  • Blog Post: On the power of a small team -or- Why MacBU testing rocks

    Geez, now I have to follow up David's awesomely funny entry about the food alias with my dry post on testing. One of the first classes I took after starting here was called “Testing at Microsoft for New SDETs.” This class was full of about 25 people who had either just started with the company, or...
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