Microsoft announces Project Springfield tool for spotting bugs in Windows 10 apps

By: Ivan Jenic
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Before Microsoft releases a certain feature for Windows 10, it first goes through internal testing, then gets pushed to Windows Insiders in Windows 10 Preview, and after all these phases, finally arrives to public versions of the system, and becomes available to all users.

Windows Insiders already have access to earliest versions of all Windows 10 features, as they provide needed feedback to Microsoft. But the company wants to take one step further, and release some of its tools for internal-testing to developers.

Microsoft just announced the first preview version of its ‘Project Springfield,’ a tool aimed to developers to help them spot bugs and issues in their apps for Windows 10, before they release them to public. Project Springfield is a cloud-based service and will run on Microsoft’s Azure.

Microsoft Research’s NExT group is looking to popularize Project Springfield to developers as an Azure-hosted service.

“This (service) is about finding really deep bugs that are hard to find with conventional testing,” said Vikram Dendi, chief product officer with Microsoft Research NExT. “It’s like time-travel debugging because it provides the ability to ‘rewind’ and understand better what’s going on.”

Developers who sign up for using Project Springfield will be able to upload their binaries to the cloud, where Project Springfield is going to test them. As soon as the program finds any bugs or flaws, developers will be notified about them. After that, Project Springfield will grant access to test cases, so developers can understand what caused the problem, and how to solve it.

Microsoft will obviously make this tool available to a wider range of developers to improve quality and stability of Windows 10 apps. Once apps go through Project Springfield testings, public versions will feature far less bugs and flaws, and developers will be saved from ‘costly efforts’ of releasing fixing updates and patches.

If you’re a developer interested in using Project Springfield, you can sign up from here. However, the tool is still not available, as Microsoft has yet to announce its release date. Of course, if you sign up now, you’ll be able to use Project Springfield to test your apps, as soon as Microsoft makes it available.

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