Microsoft Partners with Perfecto Mobile for Visual Studio App Testing
Microsoft and Perfecto Mobile Ltd. yesterday strengthened their partnership, offering new mobile app testing features for Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure users.
In addition to new features, subscribers to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and non-subscriber users of Microsoft Azure were offered price discounts for the Perfecto Mobile testing service.
The Perfecto Mobile service provides mobile app testing solutions based on the company's MobileCloud platform, which can draw upon a cloud of thousands of connected smartphones and tablets that developers can use to run various kinds of tests.
Previously, the service has been available as mobile testing extensions to Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Online.
The new features include support for C# testing scripts that run on the cloud of devices from within Visual Studio, according to a blog post by S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division. Another new feature is support for Windows Phone 8.1 devices, including new Nokia Lumia models yet to ship.
Also, Somasegar said, "Perfecto Mobile has enabled great integration with Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online and we are working now on additional scenarios, including integrating into the build process to automatically provision devices and run tests from a work item, and publish test results back to TFS or Visual Studio Online."
The special discounts for MSDN subscribers include price discounts for manual testing in the public cloud and automated testing in the public and private cloud services.
The private cloud provides dedicated services in a highly secure hosted or on-premises environment. The public cloud provides the top 100 devices in the market for testing in a shared environment. The devices are continually updated according to market trends and customer requests.
Microsoft Azure users who aren't MSDN subscribers can get Perfecto Mobile services through the Azure Store with discounts through year's end.
"With Perfecto Mobile's Visual Studio templates, development teams can easily extend product builds and manual and automated testing to thousands of devices from their existing Team Foundation Server installations or Visual Studio Online accounts," Somasegar said. "Any development team can use TFS to manage Windows 8, Android and iOS versions of their application, while testing each version on the relevant set of real devices in the MobileCloud.
"When test failures occur," Somasegar continued, "Perfecto Mobile automatically generates TFS work items, which include screenshots and a full video of the tests that were run, making it easy for developers to find and fix the issue."
David Ramel is editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine and Application Development Trends Magazine.