A Glipse into How Windows Quality Gets Tested

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:59 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:59

A job listing from Microsoft offers a small glimpse into how Windows quality is currently tested internally. Some of you have already heard that Microsoft employees are dogfooding company software (eating their own dog food), well, there’s also automatic testing being performed.

Hundreds of internal Windows code branches are run on test machines each day in order to discover bugs. Microsoft is also setting up to develop a new testing system for Windows. No mention of Windows 8, but with Windows 7′s successor now closer to only a couple of years away, it’s not that difficult to infer which is the product that will benefit most from the new Windows Test Automation and Gates Infrastructure system.

Software Development Engineer in Test – Windows, Test Automation

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 720096 16833
Product: Windows
Division: Windows Division

The Windows TAG (Test Automation and Gates Infrastructure) team is looking for a Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) with a strong focus on development to build the next generation system for running the Windows quality gates. Currently these test systems are used to run automated tests on hundreds of code branches across thousands of test machines daily. This system is critical to the quality of Windows as massive code changes flow from branch to branch during the daily build cycle. Our system is the gatekeeper, ensuring that critical bugs do not affect the entire Windows ecosystem.

For Windows, we are releasing a new system with a focus on reliability, performance, and machine utilization. If you like difficult challenges where success is rewarded with a deep impact on one of the largest engineering teams in the world, then this is the project for you!

Our system is a complete test automation suite providing machine provisioning, test automation, auto triage of failures, and results reporting. This developer would own key components of the new system and be responsible for delivering them with high quality and on schedule to meet our customers’ needs for the next version of Windows. Working with Test and PM, we will gather requirements from customers and deliver a reliable system that Windows can depend on.

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Windows.com Redefining Planned for FY2011

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:43 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:43

Microsoft’s Fiscal Year 2011 starts on July 1st 2010 and ends on June 30th, 2011, for those of you that don’t know. Sometime between this summer and the next, the Windows.com experience will be redefined.

Director, Windows Digital Mktg(720185 -External)

Job Category: Marketing
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 720185 16922
Division: Windows Division

Director of Business Insights & Analytics, Windows Digital Marketing
The Windows network of websites generate over 1 billion page views each year. In FY11, The Windows Business Group will redefine the existing Windows.com experience through an improved technology platform, integrated digital marketing campaigns, online merchandising capability, search engine marketing and Social Media. In order to help accomplish this, the Windows Business Group is looking for a digital marketing professional with a passion for data, mining it for business insights, making strategic marketing decisions and leading a world class business insights team. The charter: thru deep business insight, improve customer satisfaction & advocacy, drive active preference for Windows PC’s, and capture revenue online via an industry defining online experience.

This role will be high-visibility and lead a team of marketing professionals responsible for providing business insights that help the Windows consumer marketing organization make smart, informed, data driven decisions for the Windows.com network of sites. The role will establish a Windows.com analytics framework, define and implement SEO & SEM models, establish a scalable test & target methodology, implement site traffic audience segmentation, analyze qualitative and quantitative site traffic data, uncover business insights, builds reports, and create best practices for the Windows Business Group.

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There’s Already Talk of the Next Windows Server AppFabric

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 May 2010 02:05 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 23 May 2010 02:05

Not a lot, but some. I keep postponing starting to test Windows Server AppFabric Release Candidate, but if you haven’t already heard, the RC bits are out. Download link.

Principal Software Development Engineer

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 714008 16692
Division: Server & Tools Business

If you are excited about the rapid developments in cloud computing and distributed applications and you want to be a key participant in revolutionizing Microsoft’s distributed applications platform for on-premise and on Windows Azure, then this job is for you. You will work on a product that is deeply tied to the ongoing growth and success of Microsoft’s server business. We are building a coherent Server product that will distinguish itself in the marketplace with elastic scale and fault-tolerance and high-density multi-tenancy. We like big challenges and have a high-performance team. As a part of this team, you will work in rapid-paced v1 environment shipping the next generation technology in an exciting, competitive and Microsoft-strategic market. We have internal partners who are building on our technology and we will work closely with them during the development cycle.

Our team owns the charter for building the next version of the Windows Server AppFabric that will enable the development, hosting & management of scalable, reliable, composite applications. The system runtime will include core services such as caching, and will provide elastic scale-out & high performance queued and pub/sub messaging. In addition, the system will provide developer & IT Pro experiences for modeling, deployment, configuration and monitoring of distributed applications. In this position as a Principal SDE in the hosting team, you will be responsible for the overall design and implementation of the core hosting capabilities and integrating it with the rest of the system. You will also be responsible for honoring and communicating the architectural intent by working with architects and senior developers across the .NET Framework, Windows Fabric and the Distributed Application Server team.

This job is for you, if you are self-motivated, driven by results, thrive on working on a version 1 product and have strong design and implementation skills. Join one of the strongest teams in Microsoft with high growth potential and working on state-of-the-art technology. We are a team that thrives on big challenges, results, quality, and agility. You will be working on a core component that will form the foundation of enterprise cloud/server software development.

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