15 April 2014

A princess for

Once again the team has had a cause to celebrate. This time it is not because of some technical achievement or product success, but for a very human reason: one of our developers had his first child.

As we work so closely together in the team, we all rejoice when something so joyful happens to one of us. In this article, QA Engineer Neha Gupta Kaushal is telling the story.

Becoming the father and the mother of a little girl is like a dream come true. A daughter brings happiness into life. Recently, a cute angel entered in our lives and filled our world with happiness.

Sharad, JavaScript expert
Sharad Verma is a senior developer and the leader of our JavaScript group. He has a solution for every JavaScript problem.

Sharad joined on 29th July 2013 and soon blended into the team as an inseparable part. As a person he is friendly and helpful, and he always carries a smile on his face. Later he told us that his caring and loving wife Chandani was expecting a child. We were all happy after hearing this good news.

Sharad Family
The Birth
Princess of I still remember every detail of that lovely day 28th March. We all hoped that good news was on its way as Sharad had told us that Chandani was in hospital. He was excited, but at the same time he was a little bit worried about Chandani.

We were all working in silence when a sudden call in Sharad’s mobile at around 4.00 PM changed the whole ambiance of the office.

Sharad spoke with joy and excitement “Yahooo! Hey friends, I am blessed with a baby girl”. We saw a big smile on his face and tears of happiness in his eyes, and we all started to greet him with joy and ecstasy.

Immediately, as a responsible husband and now responsible father, he went to the hospital to see his newly born little princess and his dear Chandani. Everyone else in the office also wanted to see the little baby, and in our minds we started to visualize her face. Sharad didn’t come back to the office for the next five working days.

The Party
Pizza party image The 5th April was working Saturday, and we were all busy with our tasks when Sharad suddenly arrived at the office. We greeted him with joy and started to shout “Party Party Party” and Sharad laughed “Okay, sure, definitely, but you will have to wait a bit”.

In the evening, Sharad said loudly “Party Time Friends” and immediately ordered pizzas along with sweets and coke. While eating, we asked Sharad about the little princess, Was she healthy? How did she look?

Sharad said he felt that the new little baby brought wonder, hope and a dream of possibilities. And I must say that the pizzas were even yummier than usual, maybe because of our happiness!

Best Wishes
Sharad's wife and baby Sharad and Chandani, get ready for laughter, noise and lots of hugs! May your daughter’s tiny feet tiptoe with love in your hearts. I hope you will find your parenthood a breeze and will look back on it with fond memories.

Little princess, you are lucky to have Sharad and Chandani as your mom and dad. They will treat you like a real princess and give you all their love and care. I know they will also give you good opportunities and teach you to choose the right things in your life and career.

The team once again congratulates the family for the new little princess.

Neha Gupta Kaushal
QA Engineer Business Solutions

14 April 2014

New Command Bar in SharePoint Online

Microsoft is currently giving all users of SharePoint Online a new library command bar for the most common commands. The update begun on 9 April and will take several weeks.

SharePoint Online iconSharePoint Online
You can subscribe to Microsoft's SharePoint Online standalone, but I think it is more common to use it as a part of Office 365, as we do for In any case it is a convenient way of using SharePoint, as you get the features without having to manage the infrastructure. But SharePoint in the cloud does not give the same level of control as SharPoint on-premises.

For example, there is no way to stop upgrades and additions of new features. As a SharePoint admin I get a message in the Office 365 Message Center, but I have to accept it. I cannot select when I want the update to be implemented.

New command bar
From 9 April Microsoft is rolling out an update that gives a new command bar for SharePoint Document Libraries. It will have commands for frequently used tasks, as new, upload, edit, manage, share and synch.
SharePoint library command bar
The new SharePoint library command bar will give us quick access to functions that are used frequently, so I am looking forward to testing it – even though Microsoft has not asked for my permission!

By Peter Kalmstrom
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions

10 April 2014

Swedish Nature In Four Seasons

YouTube icon YouTube has become an important marketing channel for Peter Kalmstrom and the Solutions. Now we have begun buildning two new channels for another part of the business.

The new channels are about the Swedish language, and I hope the photos and the music will be appealing also to those who are not learning our language.

Teaching aids
Tallstugan logo If you have followed the Blog, you might remember that we don't only develop and sell software solutions that enhance Microsoft. We also publish teaching aids for the Swedish language, centered around the free tutorial site at that gives guidelines and exercises for Swedish grammar and word formation.

Nature photos
As a background to the more than 180 articles on the site, we have added photos from Sweden. They often show nature from various parts of Sweden in different season, and now we have used some of these photos in YouTube videos. The photos are acompanied by well-known Swedish music.
Swedish season photos
The YouTube channel has more than 2000 subscribers and over 300 000 views, mostly thanks to Peter's excellent way of presenting information. Now I want to have even more subscribers to my two new Tallstugan-channels, so wish me good luck!
Swedish season photos
Swedish and English
The tutorial site is in Swedish. It is intended for students who already know some of the language,  but it has an option to get the grammar rules and guidelines translated into English or Finnish. Unfortunately I cannot manage a Finnish YouTube channel, but I have created one Swedish grammar channel in Swedish and one Swedish grammar channel in English.

The grammar channels will soon have more content. We are working on animations that will illustrate some basic grammar rules in the Swedish language. They will be in Swedish, but the rule itself will be translated into English.

Apps and book
In addition to the site and the new channels, the Tallstugan series for Swedish grammar and word formation consists of apps for iOS and Android devices and a book.

Immigrants in Sweden and students of the Swedish language in other countries find the Tallstugan Kate Kalmstrom teaching aids helpful, and I hope the YouTube channels will help spreading the word to even more people.
Kate Kalmström
Sales and Documentation Business Solutions