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.

October, 2007

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    Using (and testing) OneNote in a classroom

    I was wondering aloud the other day about how students use OneNote in a class environment. I've heard a little bit of feedback through our newsgroup and from a few other websites like . Nothing compares to first hand use, though, so I...
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    Logs, Lns and Log10: OneNote gets it right

    As I mentioned before, one of the areas of OneNote I took when I came to the team was what we call "Napkin Math." This the ability to type equations like 8-4= And getting a "4" when you press Enter or the spacebar. It also works for basic trigonometric...
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    More lessons learned when taking notes in a class environment

    I'm still using OneNote 2007 to take notes on an ordinary differential equations class I downloaded from MIT. As I discovered earlier this week, this is really a stress test of notetaking. Advanced math classes like this are not the "typical" class most...
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    Everyone should have to work in technical support first

    I was on a recruiting trip to Texas last week with some other Microsoft employees. We got to work out of the Microsoft Texas buildings in Las Colinas (in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for those of you not familiar with Texas). Microsoft has a bunch of PSS...
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    Troubleshooting as a core testing ability: a true story

    An ability all testers need is troubleshooting. When presented with a problem, testers need to be able to find the cause to the narrowest possible instance. Finding steps to reproduce a bug is critical - it does no one any good to say "Application foo...
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    Shared Source Object Model Update 1

    I wanted to share the status of our shared object model over on So far, we have 7 people willing to contribute in different roles. This is a great start, and I look forward to more contributors as word gets out about this...
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    My first thoughts on OneNote when I came to the team

    When I first came to the OneNote team, I got sent links to no less than 15 notebooks, had my monitor "upgraded" from a CRT to an LCD, was issued a Tablet PC, had the COM API dropped on me and had to make the transition from enthusiastic user to tester...
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