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Microsoft testing on two fronts

Posted in Events and improvement,General,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on June 23, 2006

Here are two contrasting stories about Microsoft activities today.

The first is an information security competition they have started in India called Bug Bash 2006. If you want to take part visit this site to register. It states that all you have to do is:

“…Bugs, Glitches, Startup problems, Dual Boot Issues, Hardware conflicts, Driver Problems, Networking Problems, Mail Client problems, Anti-Virus problems, Software & Hardware Compatibility Issues, Video playback errors, Codec issues etc…”

 If you get through the screening rounds you will be invited to find bugs in Microsoft Windows Vista, which is expected to ship later this year. Looking at previous releases of Microsoft software there should be plenty there to find.

The second story is about a firewall testing website that has created a tool aimed at stopping Microsoft’s WGA tool from regularly sending information about a PC’s setup back to Microsoft.

In The Register the company, FirewallLeakTester, is quoted as saying:

“Microsoft used deceptive ways to make you install this tool (it was told you it was an urgent security update, whereas it is a new installation giving you no extra security) makes me calling this tool a spyware.”

So whether you think Microsoft is a benign or malign influence on the IT market you can’t deny it’s stimulating interest in testing.

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