Microsoft, Perfecto Mobile Enhance Multi-Platform Device Testing
Microsoft enhanced its partnership with Perfecto Mobile to enable Visual Studio users to more easily test apps on multiple device platforms.Microsoft announced an enhanced partnership with Perfecto Mobile to provide mobile app developers with a multiplatform testing experience for mobile devices. Acknowledging that mobile-first development requires testing on the wide variety of devices, Microsoft has tapped Perfecto Mobile, a provider on on-device testing solutions, to deliver mobile testing extensions to Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Online based on Perfecto Mobile’s MobileCloud platform. The companies have expanded their existing partnership with new offers for Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers and Azure users, as well as new features for users of Perfecto Mobile and Visual Studio. Mobile app developers need to target multiple platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows Phone. To do this, many developers write native apps for each platform, which typically means Java for Android, Objective-C for iOS and a choice of C++, C# or HTML for Windows Phone. However, Microsoft said its customers complained about productivity issues related to that strategy so the company has been working on improving the developer experience.
“We’re working on lot of things to help mobile developers, like improving emulators for these different platforms, but in the end nothing beats on-device testing to find the last 20 percent of problems with an application,” said John Montgomery, Microsoft Partner Director Program Manager for Visual Studio, in an interview with eWEEK. “So most developers are confronted with a pretty hard problem, particularly in the Android ecosystem, which is very heterogeneous, they have to go and get a drawer full of devices to test on.”