Part of the requirements for many of our processes include emails that get sent out to managers and/or employees. I was curious if anyone has used Smartbear to interact with their email system (ex. Microsoft Outlook) to verify links display and are able to be clicked. I could also try to login via Office365.com if anyone thinks that might be easier.
A few of the processes include receiving an email for a forgotten password where the end user has to click a link in order to get redirected to the page in order to complete some information and update to a new password.
Any information positive or negative would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I've done it before, but it's been a long time. The only drawback I remember was you had to expend licenses for Office on your test machines, and that could potentially get expensive. You may want to go with a different email client, as there are many free alternatives that will work with MSExchange, just not as fully featured.
The same question has come up in my work... and another thing to consider is a security concern... who's inbox are you checking when you check the results? Is this something that can be a unique inbox just for your automation user? Do you need to actually get access to a "real" inbox? All major concerns, especially if you are in a regulated industry where data access is closely monitored.
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