Quickly exchange contact info via Windows Phone Vision Search

In case people didn’t know it yet: I’m a Windows Phone fan. I wasn't a pioneer and owner from the very start, but I did get the Lumia 800 a few weeks after it was released. And although it didn’t have all my crucial apps from the start, I was amazed by it’s built-in functionality. And for most important apps that quickly improved (for me at least).

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Aftermath: The Exchange 2013 beta exams…

So I wanted to post a bit about how I’ve experienced the two Exchange 2013 beta exams 70-341 and 70-342 I did last Monday. It will be limited and general, because of the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) I had to agree with. I previously made a blog post summarizing most content available on Exchange 2013 that could be used as training material. Was it enough? Well, I focused on the TechEd Australia and Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) sessions. Unfortunately not all

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New Rollup updates for Exchange 2007 and 2010

*** Update 16/11/2012 *** There is seemingly an serious issue with Exchange 2010 SP2RU5, do not install it! Wait for v2 and/or check the EHLO Exchange team blog regularly Moments ago, Scott Schnoll tweeted the download URLs for new Exchange updates: Update Rollup 8-v3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2778154) and the KB Article Update Rollup 7-v3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2778158) and the KB Article Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack

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The UC Architects Episode 11 is out now!

The newest UC Architects episode, the eleventh, is now available from iTunes and the Zune store and soon via www.theucarchitects.com. This episode includes myself, host Pat Richards, co-hosts Michel de Rooij, Johan Veldhuis, Ståle Hansen and specials guests Lync MCM Kevin Peters and Lync MVP Matt Landis. Topics include (but are not limited to): October 2012 Lync Server 2010 update Lync VDI, SBA, SBC Availability of Wave 15 products for MSDN/TechNet and Volume license customers. Microsoft Surface RT Building an Exchange

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Preparing for the Exchange 2013 (beta) exams

In the upcoming episode 11 of The UC Architects podcast, we discussed about preparing for the Exchange 2013 exams. As I blogged earlier, the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging certification requires the exams 70-341 and 70-342, next to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012 certification. Currently the Exchange 2013 exams are in beta, the Release-to-Manufacturer (RTM) version will be published January 15 2013. Being an beta exam means several things: Booking is as normal, though the code

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My contributions to future and past events

Sometimes people ask me whether I’m busy and with what. Well, next to my “normal” job consulting, designing, implementing and troubleshooting Exchange, Office 365 and some other stuff. Next to attending events and such, I also contribute to them. The 31st of October there will be an Exchange day in the Netherlands, organized by the Dutch IT Pro group NGN. Together with Jaap Wesselius, Kay Sellenrode, Johan Veldhuis, Jetze Mellema,  Michel de Rooij and Ashley Flentge we will have full

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Exchange 2013 and all other Office products RTM bits are now available on TechNet!

Looks like Microsoft itself can’t wait to release the RTM bits of Exchange 2013 and it’s family members, because they are currently available on TechNet. See proof below: Like the RTM announcement this availability is quite a lot sooner than expected, or actually announced. Microsoft itself aimed at half november for TechNet subscribers. Should we think more of this? Nah, let’s just enjoy it. If anything, Microsoft had al lot extra time built-in just in case one of the product

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iOS6 and ActiveSync bug fixed in Zarafa/Z-Push

Yesterday Zarafa published a blog post in which they announced their fix for the iOS6 ActiveSync appointment issue. For those who don’t know, Zarafa is an open source Exchange clone (a bit like Zimbra) and uses the open source “plug-in” Z-Push for its server side ActiveSync implementation. Although the work seems solid and commendable, I do have some issues with the post (No, I’m not trying to be mean). Especially when they describe their fix for Exchange (which is not

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Exchange Server 2013 certification path visualized

A few days back my pal Cor Reinhard (like me a MEC 2012 veteran ) posted information on how to achieve the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging certification and the issues that currently surround it. As I was planning my own certification path, I decided to visualize this as it can be confusing and not always very clear which requirements are needed for a certain certification title. I’ve decided to make this available for everyone interested in it. At

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