The test role at Microsoft and specifically the VWD team is somewhat different from a traditional test position in the software industry. Our team is responsible for redefining how professional designers, developers, academics and hobbyists design, develop and deploy web applications.
Testers on our team are basically frontline developers who try out the new features. They provide feedback to directly influence the design and implementations, ensuring our features meet customer expectations, there is a significant reason to adopt and most importantly, meets a high quality bar.
Testers on our team are responsible for creating an automation framework that helps to test UI features. As SDE/T’s we are also responsible for stress testing, performance, globalization, ad hoc and other ‘perpendicular’ features. Our role requires us to have solid coding skills, a love for solving problems and a great knack for testing.
Are you interested in testing the next set of VWD features? Come join our team, we have multiple openings on the test team. There is plenty more information about our team on our team site at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vwd/. You can find more information about our open positions at http://members.microsoft.com/careers/search/results.aspx?FromCP=Y&JobCategoryCodeID=&JobLocationCodeID=&JobProductCodeID=&JobTitleCodeID=&Divisions=&TargetLevels=&Keywords=%20&JobCode=156871&ManagerAlias=&Interval=10. You can send your resume directly to me VinayR@microsoft.com or to HR from the web page.
Scott, one of my team members has written a blog entry on the SDET role at Microsoft. I encourage you to read it at http://blogs.msdn.com/scottlo/archive/2005/06/29/434121.aspx, it’s a great way to find out about the SDET role, from an SDET.