Borland Silktest 13 is a new version of formerly popular but effectively dead test automation tool. For some reason MicroFocus decided to start using the Borland name, while many companies are phasing out SilkTest gradually in the favor of free open source tools like Selenium.
Anyway there are good news for QA Testers who is still using this tool and for QA Managers who has a few thousand dollars to pay for the license. Borland SilkTest 13 finally provides preliminary playback support for the Google Chrome browser. It also provides playback support for web applications running in Firefox 7, Mozilla Firefox 8, Mozilla Firefox 9, Mozilla Firefox 10 and Mozilla Firefox 11. By the way I am writing this post in Firefox 12 and Selenium already has support for this version. Perhaps Microsoft Silverlight 4 is a nice feature, but there are not too many apps written in Microsoft Silverlight. I would prefer support for HTML5 in SilkTest 13. Perhaps the most useful new feature is the script debugging in SilkTest Workbench that lets QA Tester temporarily suspend script playback in the development environment to manage, examine, reset, step through, or continue script playback, but again isn't it too late to keep QA Testers?Lastly I just want to note that the number 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in some countries, so I do not think it was a good idea to name the software as Borland Silktest 13.