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  • 21 January 2010 10:20

Micro Focus launches Silktest R2

New functional and regression testing automation software enables maximum return on investment during applications testing

Micro Focus® (LSE.MCRO.L), a leading provider of Enterprise Application Modernisation, Testing and Management solutions, has released SilkTest 2009 R2 and Silk4J 2009 R2 from Borland Software Corporation (a Micro Focus Company). The new suite of applications testing software enables customers to maximise return on investment (ROI) while minimising time expended on the critical testing process.

As organisations recover from the economic downturn and launch new services and applications, the testing process will be key to ensure the smooth integration of these new services and applications into the business. SilkTest is the proven quality choice of customers for functional and regression test automation. SilkTest continues to produce technical excellence with improvements in test creation, execution, and maintenance whilst providing support for new technologies including the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

SilkTest 2009 R2 provides functional and regression test automation for a number of important technologies like Web 2.0/RIA, Java, and Microsoft technologies in a seamless fashion, which enables the testing of workflows that span multiple applications or multi-technology applications. SilkTest 2009 R2 also supports testers and developers by offering a robust and powerful environment that improves effectiveness by allowing different stakeholders to build true test automation frameworks and maximise ROI.

“We’ve focused on continuing to provide industry-leading testing solutions to our customers and SilkTest 2009 R2 is the latest example of this,” said Joachim Herschmann, Product Director Test Automation at Borland (a Micro Focus Company). “Early adopter customers have already noticed the speed and automatic synchronisation enhancements provided by this new version. SilkTest 2009 R2 allows customers to reduce the cost, risk and complexity of testing state-of-the-art applications, increasing confidence in the quality of their applications. In addition to the SilkTest interface, which has proved very popular with Quality Assurance professionals, the Silk4J Eclipse plug-in is bringing testing capabilities to the developer environment.”

The new version of SilkTest also includes the following significant enhancements:

• Improved Open Agent Technology – Dynamic Object Recognition allows for a decoupling of an application’s Graphical User Interface (GUI) object hierarchy from its representation in test scripts, resulting in significantly lower script maintenance. Advanced synchronisation capabilities eliminate the need to modify test scripts to include wait times, providing advanced automation for testing today’s dynamic Web applications.

• Full cross-browser AJAX support – SilkTest now provides completely automatic synchronisation for testing Web2.0 applications on Firefox 3.0 and 3.5 as well as Internet Explorer, 6, 7 and 8 through its open agent technology.

• Enhanced support for system functions by the SilkTest Open Agent.

• Dynamic Port Allocation – The SilkTest Open Agent also now uses dynamically allocated ports. The dynamic port allocation feature for the open agent makes it possible to leverage the supported technologies for SilkPerformer 2009 R2 GUI value unit tests.

SilkPerformer 2009 R2, a new release of the company’s load testing solution, is also now available.

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About Micro Focus Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information, please visit

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