Micro Focus (LSE.MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced a new release of its market-leading Silk integrated testing suite. Micro Focus SilkPerformer, SilkTest and SilkCentral Test Manager (SCTM) 2010 R2 provide a range of new capabilities for software testers and QA professionals, including goal-based testing, configuration testing and extended support for an improved configuration suite, and support for additional development environments and web 2.0 applications.

SilkCentral Test Manager 2010 R2 adds major new capabilities for visibility and control over today’s test environments, starting with a new goal-based test management system that focuses resources on the areas most sensitive for quality, allowing software teams to make risk-driven decisions. Making goal-based testing more powerful are facilities to easily manage and track the results of configuration tests across complex application environment combinations. Code coverage analysis, which has been extended from Java to .Net, provides a powerful goal-based measure of how effective tests are in covering the system. Additionally, new test execution video capture provides insight into what happens during tests, including analyzing the speed at which a test is resolved across different internet browsers.

SilkTest 2010 R2 adds support for Adobe Flash Version 4.x, as well as Java AWT/Swing, and offers Micro Focus WorkBench enhancements including a visual testing approach that requires no coding. The new version of SilkPerformer includes improved AJAX load testing capabilities and extended support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Citrix Online plug-in 12, Citrix Web Interface 5.3., Flex 4 and OpenSSL 1.0.0.a.

Tom Murphy, Research Director, Gartner Inc., highlights the importance of software testing for businesses: “Testing software can be an expensive process, but poor software quality leads to user dissatisfaction, as well as increased development and maintenance. Therefore, having a well-defined set of tools and practices to drive software quality will positively affect the overall business bottom line.”

Richard Novak, president of Micro Focus’ Application Management and Quality division, adds: “It is hard to overstate the importance software testing has to the smooth running of a business. If applications fail, it costs organizations valuable time and money to fix the resulting problems. The Silk product line ensures that software is comprehensively tested and delivered to the highest quality standards, producing better applications in a faster timeframe.”

For more information on the updated Silk products, visit: http://www.microfocus.com/products/silk/.