Microsoft Test Manager is a tool which comes with Visual Studio 2012 , which was built from the scratch to support the needs of Manual testers. Using this tool you can manage and track test cases that helps both developer and tester.This post gives you an overview on Microsoft Software Testing tools.
Prior to the release of Visual Studio 2010 launch the testing land scape and testing life cycle was shown as below
When you look at the Software Testing land scape, you can see the Manual testers in left , they look at the new test cases and new builds that are coming along and run through their test runs and report bugs back to the developers.
Far right end of the picture, You can see developers who are specialists in writing the code. You all know the 70% of the testing on software happens in manual testing team. Manual testers can adapt and respond to the changes in underlining applications. The typical tools that manual testers use are Excel and Word. So we need a tool for Manual testers !!!
We all know when testers do find a bug and fires to developer then developer says it works on my machine, this is the problem that happens all the time
There is some time waste in going back and forth between testers and developers to try to understand how the developer recreate the issue, we want to make this happen in automated fashion!
The tools are building up and automatically capturing lot of rich details bugs can give the developer everything they need at their finger tips to understand what happen and importantly fix for it.
Microsoft Test Professional is part of Visual Studio 2012 family
Microsoft Test Professional can be purchased as a standalone tool or it includes Visual Studio 2012 premium and ultimate editions.
Build – Deploy – Test
Lab Management in VS 2012 can allow you to take code changes that developers modeling in source control and press a single button which will compile those changes and deploy them into one or more environments and run all of your automated tests against those environments.
As a manual tester if you want to test different varieties of environments like legacy operating systems, may in different browsers or may be different database projects. So Lab Management makes manual tester life more easier for creating new environments.
By tying all those processes and tools together , you can track the software quality all the way from requirements through their test cases. You can now say how the software quality is doing either up or down over time. You can also on what rate we are automating the test cases.
Reference: Brian Keller talk on Visual Studio launch