What is best automated regression test tool for Windows applications?

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Even though this has pretty much been asked before, I don't see anything very recent.  What automated testing tools are available for building GUI regression tests that are testing Windows applications?  We are now building our software using agile, and are quickly getting overrun with the need for automated regression testing.
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Thanks Merete.  I'll give it a look.

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Bret it's just one idea till other experts chime in with their suggestions.
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There are hundreds of tools that you can use to automate regression testing of Windows GUI apps.  Most people aren't experts in a large number of tools, so the "best" question usually gets you a lot of "well I use..." answers.  I've been a developer and a tester for over 20 years, and in that time I've worked with numerous tools - but still only a small percentage of the tools that are available.

I'm a consultant.  Sometimes I'm asked to evaluate software, and it often starts with a "what is the best ..." question like this one.

That's usually not the right question - or at least not the complete question.

There often isn't one globally "best" solution (though vendors might tell you otherwise ...) - especially in an area as broad as test software.  There are probably numerous solutions that would meet your needs just fine.  

Narrow down your requirements a bit:   What development tools do you use to build and maintain your applications?  How many testers are involved?  What is your budget for test automation?  What are your goals for test automation?  Do you use a waterfall or agile methodology?  Do you need to support load testing, too?  Who is going to do the test automation - developers or testers?  What test automation skill sets do you have in-house ?  How many applications / screens / functions do you need to support?  how fast does this need to happen?  Do you need to test other interfaces in addition to Windows GUI (web services, Java applications, stored procedures, web, mobile) or foresee the need to do so in the near future?  

I will say that if you are exclusively using Visual Studio, you should take a quick look at the integrated Microsoft Test Manager - since you may already own it.  It comes with VS Ultimate, Premium, and Test Edition.  It is tightly integrated with VS, and provides code coverage audits, and can automate multiple types of tests.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms182409%28v=vs.120%29.aspx

Is it the "best' solution?  Not necessarily.  But it might be -a- good solution for you.
BretQA Analyst

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Hello Gary,

Superb response.  Appreciate that kind of feedback.   Funny how questions are often the answers.

Best,
Bret
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Excellent!!  

One that goes into the bucket of "here's why I would pay for a service instead of googling for the answer"
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Glad I could help.  I see from your profile that we're neighbors.  I'm in Clearwater Beach.

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