Microsoft Interview Question for Quality Assurance Engineers

Country: United States
Interview Type: In-Person

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For this type of testing questions, I think you generally need some assumptions/clarifications prior to answer

What's the usage of the digital pen? - Could be drawing something or writing something etc...
Who are the users? - Could be broad consumers, companies etc...
What's the device? - Could be tablets, mobiles, PCs etc...
What could be the application? - Could be painting software, notepad or etc...
What's the not intended use case?
or something

Then classify the tests from software test perspective


Functional Tests

Normal case:
- You can write/draw something to the screen
- Your drawing/writing can be erased.
- Your drawing/writing should have multiple colors/fonts
- If multiple users try to write/draw at the same time, it should work.
- You can't draw/paint when the app is not running

Negative case:
- If you light touch on the screen, it's still recognized or not.
- If you touch the screen too hard, what happens??
- If you intend to write/draw something with opposite edge of the pen, what happens??.

- The pen can be usable for multiple devices or not e.g.) Tablets, PC, mobiles etc...
- The pen can handle different OS/version of the software

- Keep writing/drawing several hours and see if it's still working...
- If it's on online share, try to add maximum users and keep writing/drawing...

Maybe think about Stress, Security or more...

- TS July 11, 2012 | Flag Reply
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Factors which may be considered -

What makes the design of the pen?
Do you need extra software/hardware for extra features?
- Like some glow when the screen is touched which indicates it's ready to be used
- Spell Check
- For kids, if the letters are not written in a correct manner ('b' for 'd' etc.), correct action to be taken

- Swetha March 04, 2014 | Flag

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