Jean Hartmann, Microsoft
For many years now, Office has successfully released its Productivity Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook with a regular cadence of about three years. These major releases have relied on a substantial amount of testing to ensure high-quality and compliant products are shipped worldwide. However, with future releases, the client division is moving to a more agile model for software development, which has major ramifications for software quality and testing. The move is compounded by the need to also deliver these products on a wider variety of devices and platforms. This paper will highlight improvements such as greater emphasis on developer unit testing for early bug detection, smarter regression test selection to enable faster, higher quality deployments and streamlining of mandatory ship criteria and improved product telemetry for evaluating and assessing test automation quality.