Quick Guide to Cross Browser Testing

Are the no of visitors on your application is decreasing rapidly because of browser incompatibility? Then it’s time to check for the cross browser compatibility for your application. This article will provide the basic information about Cross browser testing and respective tools to perform cross browser testing.


What is Cross Browser Testing?

Verifying the application behavior / responsiveness across multiple desktop and mobile browsers is defined as Cross Browser Testing.

After knowing what is cross browser testing you might get many questions in your mind like What to test? and Where to Test? etc. The below information will give answers for your questions.

What to Test?

It is impossible to test complete functionality on each desktop and mobile browsers. So first identify the Business scope like what are the target usage of browsers (including browser versions) based on the location where application will be launched. This could minimize most of the efforts for testing the application for browser compatibility.

Where to Test?

Definitely you will get confused to identify a tool which can provide your test environment. In the market you will find many number of tools which will include multiple browser versions, Operating system versions and Mobile devices. Your task is to pick up the correct tool which provides complete environment for your application. Ideally each tool has its own advantages and drawbacks. It will take so much of efforts to compare the available tools and pick the right one. For this reason I spent some time to identify the tools available in the market and picked few trending cross browser testing tools and features. Below image explains the list of features and pricing structure of the cross browser testing tools. Now your job is simple just go through these features and pick up the right tool suitable for your application.

Cross Browser Testing tools Comparison
Cross Browser Testing tools Comparison


Testing the application in all desktop and mobile browsers manually is time consuming and meaningless. Instead list out the target browsers and pick the correct tool will save your time and also improves the quality of the work.


Are you into Software QA? Here are your Roles and Responsibilities:

Software QA Roles & Responsibilities

What is Software Quality Assurance (SQA)?

The process of monitoring the software engineering processes and methods used to ensure high quality of the delivery. To accomplish this SQA will follow different testing methodologies in each phase of development instead of waiting for completion of application development. SQA generally works with one or more industry standards such as ISO 9000 and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).

Test lead/manager: A test lead is responsible for:

  • Defining the testing activities for subordinates – testers or test engineers.
  • All responsibilities of test planning.
  • To check if the team has all the necessary resources to execute the testing activities.
  • To check if testing is going hand in hand with the software development in all phases.
  • Prepare the status report of testing activities.
  • Required Interactions with customers.
  • Updating project manager regularly about the progress of testing activities.

Test engineers/QA testers/QC testers are responsible for:

  • To read all the documents and understand what needs to be tested.
  • Based on the information procured in the above step decide how it is to be tested.
  • Inform the test lead about what all resources will be required for software testing.
  • Develop test cases and prioritize testing activities.
  • Execute all the test case and report defects, define severity and priority for each defect.
  • Carry out regression testing every time when changes are made to the code to fix defects.