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Johan Veldhuis

Johan Veldhuis is a Technical Consultant for Communicativ. Prior to working for Communicativ Johan worked several years for AXIANS a system integrator in The Netherlands, first as service desk engineer and later as server & storage engineer. Johan is a MCSE-M and MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP Award (Exchange Server) for his contributions to the messaging and collaboration community. Johan has also his own website where he blogs and publishes tutorials mostly about Exchange. You can reach Johan at or follow him on twitter via @jveldh

The UC Architects are pleased to announce….

Written by Johan Veldhuis. Posted in Events

The UC Architects are pleased to announce The UC Architects Windows Phone App. Using this App, you can follow us when you’re mobile. The App contains information about The UC Architects such as latest tweets, who are the members, which episodes are available and the latest news about The UC Architects. And, of course, you can download the podcast episodes for your listening enjoyment.

When the App has launched you will see the “Home” page being displayed:


Home screen

The Home screen contains the last news article and the latest episode released. From this page, you can directly jump to more details about the latest episode. We will have a look at the detail page later.


News screen

The next screen in the app is the “news” screen where we will regularly post news about The UC Architects as extend of our Facebook, Linkedin Group and Twitter account.  Now to the screen which we are the most proud of our recorded Podcasts. At the moment of making the screenshot episode 20 was the latest episode which was available. As soon as the next episode you will see it appear here.


Podcasts screen

You can click on each episode to go to the detail screen.


Podcast details screen

This screen contain the details about the specific episode. As you can see there are three buttons available:

  • play, which plays the current episode
  • pause, to pause listening
  • download, which gives you the ability to download the episode

Some remarks must be made about this options:

  • by default only downloaded episodes can be played
  • downloading an episode can only be done when connected via WiFi and attached to an external power source
  • downloaded content is only available in The UC Architects Windows Phone App and not from outside
  • episodes will stay on the phone unless:
    • you clean them up by using the “settings” option in the App
    • by removing the App which is one thing you hopefully won’t do

You can change this options if you like however. But there are some things you will need to keep in mind:

  • using the streaming option will cause a lot of data traffic so may lead to high costs if connected via a mobile network
  • downloading when working on battery will have an impact on the battery life

All options can be changed via the settings menu which is available in the Appbar at the bottom of the screen. We will have a look at this later in the blog.


Twitter screen

The twitter part of the app contains the last tweets from The UC Architects twitter account. You can only read the tweets as we don’t have a built-in twitter client in the app. And last but not least, the About screen contains info about the contributors of The UC Architects.


About screen

By selecting a member you will go to the detail screen which contains more info about the specific member.


About Details screen

In this release it is only possible to view the details and not select any twitter or website address, however this may change in the future.

We already talked about the appbar which is available in the app so let’s have a look at it briefly.



The appbar is only available on the “main”  screen of the app and contains a few options:

  • refresh: refreshes the downloaded data
  • settings: navigates to the settings screen
  • view active downloads: navigates to a screen which contains all active downloads
  • info: will show some app information such as the version number

Let’s look at the settings screen in more detail.


Download screen

It contains two subpages the first one is the download screen which let’s you configure the download settings from the app. Please keep the remarks in mind earlier in this blog. The file page contains a list of all downloaded episodes and has the option to delete either a specific episode or all episodes.

The active downloads screen contains all downloads which are in progress or are queued for downloading. If you want to abort the download just press the cancel button.


Active Downloads screen

So this was a short description of how our own Windows Phone App looks like. It is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8.x and can be downloaded via the Windows Phone App Store or by using the link below:





Written by Johan Veldhuis. Posted in Podcasts

Welcome to the website of the UC Architects. Let’s start with a short description of who the contributors of The UC Architects website are and what our project is.

Who we are

All contributors of the website are people with a passion for Unified Communications. Most of these contributors are active in the Exchange and/or Lync community via:

  • Their own blog
  • Several forums (such as Technet, Experts Exchange, etc.)
  • Blogs on other websites

The following people are the current group of contributors:


UC Architect Twitter Blog
Steve Goodman, MVP Exchange @stevegoodman
Pat Richard, MVP Exchange @patrichard
Michel de Rooij @mderooij
Serkan Varoglu @SRKNVRGL
Johan Veldhuis, MVP Exchange @jveldh
Tom Arbuthnot, MVP Lync @tomarbuthnot
Mahmoud Magdy, MVP Exchange @_busbar
Dave Stork @dmstork
John A Cook @johnacook
Paul Cunningham @ExchServPro
Ståle Hansen, MVP Lync @StaleHansen
Andrew J. Price @LegendaryPricey
Michael van Horenbeeck @mvanhorenbeeck

A short description of each contributor can be found on the about page.

What’s our project

As announced by the teasers, we have started a new project. This time, not a project what we do for the living such as implementing/migrating Exchange or Lync but launching a new community service. Our plan is to produce a podcast which is related to both Exchange and Lync. We might invite some interesting guests to the podcasts in the future but that will be kept secret for now 😉 If you have any subject you would like to get discussed during a podcast or got a question which you would like to be answered, please drop a message via the contact form. Our goal is to publish a podcast every other week.

In the future we might expand this with other kind of casts but were looking at these options at the moment.

So that’s a short description of who we are and what we are working on. Our next blog will be the first podcast which will be recorded this week and posted soon after that.