Borland is no more

The acquisition of the famous Borland by Micro Focus is complete. By acquiring Borland, Micro Focus is looking to take on Hewlett Packard, who is the leading provider of application testing tools with its HP Quality Center based on technology it acquired from Mercury Interactive a few years ago.

Silktest Interview Question 73: What licenses are available for Silktest 2009?

Borland SilkTest 2009 is offered both in named-user and concurrent use license models.

Borland Silk 2009 or Micro Focus SilkTest 2009

Borland has announced Silk 2009, a comprehensive software test suite designed to support the testing needs of both Agile and traditional development teams by simplifying testing activities, increasing the speed of test execution and integrating with a customer's existing test tools and frameworks to provide a consolidated view of quality across the software delivery life-cycle.
Borland Silk 2009 includes newest functionality that makes it easy for both software and quality assurance engineers to create and automate tests, minimizing the dependency on specialist skills while making testing a more scalable and efficient process.

The Silk 2009 toolset includes :
  • Borland SilkTest 2009 Borland's functional and regression testing product, lets developers create and automate robust functional and regression tests in pure Java within the Eclipse IDE with Silk4J. SilkTest 2009 introduces support for Winforms (Microsoft .NET 3.X) and full cross-browser support for Internet Explorer 6, 7 & 8 and Firefox 3.0 Silk Test 2009 provides further enhancements for Open Agent and Java as a scripting Language capability, Silk4J, including an action recorder to create scripts in either Java or 4Test.
  • Borland SilkPerformer 2009 dramatically simplifies the process of managing testing environments, enabling fluid allocation of test resources, and speeding the creation of performance and load tests.
  • Borland SilkCentral Test Manager 2009 is a unified framework for managing quality and testing activities across all projects. SilkCentral Test Manager 2009 ships with more than 25 integrations to commercial and open source requirements management, source code control and testing tools, including JUnit, NUnit, FitNesse, and Watir.

Borland SilkPerformer 2009 and SilkCentral Test Manager 2009 are available immediately. Borland SilkTest 2009 is planned to be available for download on August 12, 2009.

SilkTest 2009 license starts at $4,000, while SilkPerformer 2009 license starts at $10,000 and SilkCentral Test Manager 2009 license begin at $1,700.

Micro Focus Silktest

In May Borland Software said that it has agreed to be acquired in its entirety by Micro Focus International in a $75 million cash transaction, unanimously approved by the boards of both companies.

Micro Focus currently support object-oriented COBOL compilers targeting the .NET framework and most likely expects the Borland acquisition to help it gain greater market share, increase its customer base, and capture a larger penetration of the U.S. technology market

A few words about Micro Focus from Wikipedia :

The company was founded in 1976 and became Micro Focus Group in 1983. In its early years it concentrated on COBOL products. In 1998 the Company acquired Intersolv Inc, an applications enablement business, for $534 million and the combined business was renamed Merant. In 2001 the business was demerged from Merant with help from Golden Gate Capital Partners and once again became Micro Focus. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005. On 6 May 2009, it announced the purchase of Borland and the Quality Solutions part of Compuware.

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