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14 February 2018

New kalmstrom.com QA And Support Technician

Today I want to introduce our QA Engineer Mayank Gharewal. He works at our Indian office and has proved to be a skilled colleague with many talents. Here is his story:

kalmstrom.com QA Engineer Mayank GharewalIn 2016 I completed my Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science Stream from the CDGI college in Indore. After completing my graduation, I continued with a course of Diploma in Software Testing, and then I started my career as a Game and Software Tester.

Five months ago, I joined the kalmstrom.com team. I applied for a position here because I wanted more responsibility and a more challenging work environment. Now I am expected to continuously learn new things and sharpen my skills, and I like that. I also believe in team work as the path to success, and I found that here at the kalmstrom.com Indore office. Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint icon

My primary work is of course testing. This is an interesting and varied task, especially as kalmstrom.com offers both standard and custom solutions. So far I have tested all the Kanban Task Manager editions and our new Outlook add-in Kanban E-mail Manager. Kanban E-mail Manager for SharePoint iconI have also made sure that several custom SharePoint solutions meet the buyer's requests as well as our own standards.

Lately I have joined the support team and thus been given even more variation and responsibility. As a support technician, I get a good understanding of how customers use our products and what problems they encounter. I form a link between our customers and my colleagues in the QA team and can discuss enhancements with a better insight.

My area of interest is in sports like cricket and in video games. Before my graduation I actively participated in video game competitions and also hosted a PlayStation 2 event at a Techno management festival.
Mayank with friends

I also like to travel with a group of friends. The image above is from a trip to Lion's point, a mountain peak near the hill station Lonavla in Maharashtra. The sunrise and sunset views from here are mesmerizing. When we were there, the clouds were low and it was a light rain, fog and an icy drizzle. But the sun-rays on the clouds gave the sky a beautiful reddish color.

I am looking forward to testing more kalmstrom.com products and meeting more customers via our support!

Mayank Gharewal
QA Engineer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions

01 February 2018

Kanban E-mail Manager for Outlook released

Kanban E-mail Manager for Outlook logotype Today, I am happy to announce the release of a new kalmstrom.com product: Kanban E-mail Manager for Outlook. This add-in is intended to help single users visualize and work with e-mails on a kanban board.

Kanban View
We have earlier developed another Outlook add-in, Kanban Task Manager Single which visualizes Outlook tasks on a virtual kanban board and converts e-mails into tasks. Therefore, it was not a big step to also create a kanban board for e-mails inside Outlook.

Show Kanban View button logotype Kanban E-mail Manager adds a "Show Kanban View" button in the Outlook ribbon. Select any Outlook e-mail folder and click on the button, and the e-mails in that folder are visualized as cards on a kanban board.


Main features
Kanban E-mail Manager gives the possibility to organize the e-mails in different phases. By default, the phases are called Unhandled, In Progress, Deferred and Handled. You can drag and drop the e-mail cards between these phases as your work with the e-mail proceeds.

You may also create new e-mails or reply to e-mails from the kanban board.

Another main feature of Kanban E-mail Manager is that you can filter and search the e-mails based on category, sender, priority/priorities or any word or phrase.

Outlook built-in categories
Once you have installed Kanban E-mail Manager, it will automatically take the Outlook built-in categories and display the e-mails with the category colors on the kanban board. The category for any e-mail can be set both from the kanban view and from the Outlook e-mail view.

Work efficiently with e-mails and analyze your work with an Excel report
Checklist icon Kanban E-mail Manager has other features, like Checklist and Time Logging. To work smoothly with a complex e-mail, you can break the work into small tasks by adding a checklist to the e-mail card.

Time Logging icon The Time Logging option helps you keep track of the time you have invested in an e-mail. When you record the minutes worked on e-mails, you can analyze the time spent in the Kanban E-mail Manager Excel reports.

Kanban E-mail Manager also generates several other Excel reports, where you can study statistics on the work done. Each time you generate a report the most updated data is included.

Trial and Subscription
kalmstrom.com download icon If you wish to try Kanban E-mail Manager before you decide to subscribe to it, you are welcome to download the full version of the solution and evaluate the solution for 30 days. We provide full support during the evaluation period.

Community icon You can subscribe to Kanban E-mail Manager on monthly as well as yearly basis. My colleagues and I at the Sales department are always here to assist you if you have any queries regarding the subscription.

Documentation and Support
The Kanban E-mail Manager manual gives a detailed description of the product. We also have a slideshow, where you can have a quick overview of Kanban E-mail Manager.

Finally, I would recommend that you watch the video demonstrations, where our CEO, Peter Kalmstrom, explains how to get started with Kanban E-mail Manager.

Should you need any further assistance, the kalmstrom.com Support team is always here to help you.

Dipti Francis
Executive Assistant
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions

24 January 2018

Create Surveys With Microsoft Forms

Office 365 Forms icon Microsoft will soon roll out an Office 365 service for surveys, quizzes, and polls for all commercial users. It is called Microsoft Forms, and I introduce it in a new Forms  article in the kalmstrom.com Tips section.

Collect information
The name of the new Office 365 service can sound a bit misleading, but it is not a replacement for InfoPath. Instead Microsoft Forms is a basic app that helps you to quickly collect information via surveys and quizzes.

Use Forms to conduct customer surveys, question trainees or applicants, ask team members about their opinion, yes, anytime when you want formalized input from several other people.

What Forms replaces is rather the SharePoint Survey app. Forms is easier to use and the poll form is more mobile friendly than the Survey app.

Nice interfaces
With Forms you can create a survey and then invite others to respond to it via any web browser. The surveys look good and is easy to answer even on mobile devices. The surveys can be shared with a link or be embedded in a web page or blog.

As people submit their answers, the results are displayed in a graphic interface where you can evaluate them. The results can also be exported to Excel for further analysis.


Soon released for all
Forms became available in Office 365 Education subscriptions as early as in June 2016, as an answer to teacher requests for a tool that would help them assess student progress on an ongoing basis.

The preview for commercial First Release users came one year later, and from 15 February 2018 Microsoft will start rolling out Forms to all tenants. By default, Microsoft Forms is turned on for everyone in the organization, but admins can turn Forms off and then on again for specific people.
Office 365 from Scratch cover
In the demo above I show how to create two different kinds of surveys, how to share them, how to reply to them and how to see the results. The next version of my book Office 365 from Scratch will of course include more information on Microsoft Forms.

Peter Kalmström,
CEO and Systems Designer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions

17 January 2018

Customize a List Form in PowerApps

Microsoft PowerApps iconThe PowerApps button in the modern SharePoint interface has a new option: to customize list forms in PowerApps. I have recently published a new Tips article where I show how this option can be used.

PowerApps for new views
When Microsoft first introduced the PowerApps button in SharePoint lists, it was to create a mobile friendly PowerApp from the data in the list. From a user perspective, such a PowerApp can be regarded as a new list view for the data that the PowerApp is connected to. I have earlier described how to do that in my books SharePoint Online from Scratch and Office 365 from Scratch, and there are also some Tips articles on PowerApps creation in the kalmstrom.com Tips section.

PowerApps for forms modification
From October 2017 Microsoft started to roll out a new option for PowerApps users: customize a SharePoint list form. With this possibility, PowerApps has become a browser based alternative to InfoPath for modifying SharePoint list forms.
The PowerApps command in SharePoint
The PowerApps button in the modern interface now has two choices: 'Create an app' and 'Customize forms'. This means that it is very easy to start modifying a SharePoint list form. Just select the customize option, and the form of the current list will open in the PowerApps studio online.

More options than SharePoint
When you create a new list app in SharePoint, you will probably make the possible modifications directly in SharePoint. However, for more extensive customization it is better to use PowerApps. It gives more options, such as coloring a field, making a field read only and organize the fields in multiple columns.

Import of Excel data
In my Tips article I describe how to modify a "Customers" list form in PowerApps. The demo below, which is included in the article, begins with an import from Excel to SharePoint. Such imports often give lists that need to be modified, so it is a good starting point for a tutorial.


The upcoming new versions of my books will include more details about forms modification with PowerApps, but for now I welcome you to my new Tips article about SharePoint list forms customization.

Peter Kalmström,
CEO and Systems Designer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions

08 January 2018

Knowledge Base for Outlook

KBase for Outlook logotype If you are looking for a solution that adds a knowledge base to your Outlook, the kalmstrom.com add-in KBase is the right choice.

KBase
The knowledge base KBase, helps you create and search articles in Outlook. KBase is configured inside an Outlook folder, and the articles can be shared via an Access database, an SQL server database or a SharePoint site.

All the Outlook features like editing, text search, spell check, HTML code and attached files can be used in the KBase articles.


KBase categories and types, custom fields and full text search
The KBase articles can be grouped in categories and types, which is visualized in a tree hierarchy and in Outlook. You can add, edit or remove categories or types directly in the tree view.

The form for new KBase articles has a right pane for the article and a left pane where the creators select category and type. For additional metadata, KBase also gives the possibility to add custom fields to the default KBase form.

Moreover, the KBase articles can easily be searched by any word or phrase. KBase makes a full text search in the articles and lists all the articles which contains that word or phrase.

Share KBase articles outside Outlook
KBase gives options for sharing the articles outside Outlook as well. You can publish all or specific KBase articles to a website. This creates a contents pane and one web page for each article. Another option is to export the articles to Excel, which creates an Excel datasheet with the KBase articles.

KBase articles can be seen in Outlook Web Access also, but they can only be read, not edited there. When you use the SharePoint sharing option, the KBase articles can be both seen and edited in SharePoint.

KBase with Folder HelpDesk
Folder HelpDesk for Outlook logotype KBase is really helpful when used with Folder Helpdesk. Folder HelpDesk is another of kalmstrom.com product, which is completely integrated in Outlook. It converts e-mails with support cases or other issues received at the helpdesk into tickets.

When you use KBase with Folder HelpDesk, you can save the solutions to interesting issues as KBase articles before closing the tickets.

Trial and Support
kalmstrom.com download icon To experience the features and functionalities of KBase, you are welcome to evaluate the full version of KBase for 30 days. The kalmstrom.com team provides full support to subscribers as well as evaluators.

To get the best out of the solution, I recommend you to read the KBase manual. You may download a Word or PDF file from the KBase product page. Should you still need any assistance with the product, you are welcome to contact our Support team.

Subscription
Community icon KBase can be subscribed to on monthly as well as yearly basis. If you are a kalmstrom.com Medium subscriber to Folder HelpDesk, you may choose KBase as an additional solution without extra cost. Our Sales department is always here to help you, should you have any queries related to product subscriptions.

I hope my blog post has given a valuable review of the KBase features. I am looking forward to writing more such blog posts on the kalmstrom.com products. Last but not the least, your feedbacks and suggestions on KBase are always appreciated!

Dipti Francis
Executive Assistant
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions