MSDN Flash - February 28, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 4

February 28, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 4

Sybille Rupp-Hafner

Dear readers,

Quality Assurance (QA) and testing have two key goals: to validate the quality of an application and to improve overall software quality.
Visual Studio 2010’s integrated experience let you focus more on quality by streamlining development and test processes. Align test teams with the application lifecycle, break the silos across your development and testing/quality assurance teams, and give them the tools they need to work together more closely. Project artifacts are stored in a central repository that facilitates in-context collaboration, greatly increasing the fidelity of information transitioned between roles.

Look and see! At the ALM Briefing “Quality Assurance & Testing” on March 15, 2011 we will not only show you the testing capabilities and features of Visual Studio 2010; you will have as well the possibility to see how we do testing at Microsoft.

Or visit us at the Swiss Testing Day (English and German) at Kongresshaus Zurich on March 16, 2011. Europe’s largest software testing conference offers you a wide variety of speeches: Whether you are looking for insights for practical experience, management topics or methodological trends, the Swiss Testing Day program will have it all for you.

Of course, you have as well the possibility to put Visual Studio 2010 to the acid test right now. Visual Studio Ultimate is the most comprehensive version and offers you all test functionalities, here you can download your trial version. More information about Quality Assurance and testing can be found here.


We are looking forward to welcoming you at one of the interesting events!

Sibylle Rupp-Hafner
Product Marketing Manager Visual Studio & Expression, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH

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