Free Office Online

If you are reading this blog because of the subject, there is no gimmick and no caveats – Office Online is totally free for everyone and it has been for past several years (under previous brand name Office WebApps). No need to wait or read this blog further, you can get started right away at http://office.com. I am a big…


How to fix "The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access denied." error?

I stumbled into this error while logging on to one of my machines with my domain account. I searched at “bing” and “google” for help but unfortunately did not find any so after several trial and error, I managed to fix this issue. I am posting it so if any of you run into it,…

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Embeding Test for Excel chart

I am checking out embeding of excel chart in this blog.


Tips for effective cross group/company collaboration

I would like to capture few tips that I have learnt over the years for effective cross group collaboration. Be clear about strategic reason for partnership/collaboration Show respect to each other. Avoid you need me and I don’t need you attitude or I am better than you feelings. Identify main point of contacts on both sides who…

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Testing lesson from past

When we shipped Raid 4.5 (old MS internal product for bug tracking), customers reported random loss of bug after they saved a new bug in the database. This was causing confusion and panic to end users as they were not sure if the bug will really make it to the database. After I investigated the…


How to effectively and efficiently hire software vendor employee(s) in a single day?

Last week, I had the opportunity to work on filling 7 vendor positions to work on Silverlight testing. As Silverlight is a developer platform, we need strong developer(s) with high testing aptitude/skills to work on effectively testing it. The challenge that I took on myself was to interview all the candidates in one day to…


Silverlight Testing on Nokia S60

Silverlight v2 (& v3) has a dependency on CoreCLR to support managed programmability. On device, Silverlight CoreCLR functionality will be provided by .Net Compact Framework (NETCF). This means testing of Silverlight also involves testing of NETCF. In this part, I will talk about NETCF test automation system on Nokia S60. Here is the test automation…


Performance Review at Microsoft

This is a very sensitive topic so I have decided to not talk about this.


My first blog…

I have finally decided to start blogging on MSDN. I will see how it goes. This week and next I am going to be spending majority of my time working on annual reviews so I don’t plan to blog much during this time. Once I am done with reviews, I plan to write a blog…