Windows, Surface, and Windows Phone

Windows 10 heralds a sea change for Microsoft. No longer the "sacred cow" that Windows has been for the company's history, Windows is now one of many platforms targeted by all of Microsoft's services. But Microsoft's flagship operating system and the beautiful devices coming out of Redmond are a showcase, delivering the best user experience with Microsoft's services, while supporting a diverse ecosystem of applications, devices, and use cases for customers that have grown to depend on Windows in both their personal and professional lives.

Microsoft is serious about change. Upgrades to Windows 10 are free for the first year, and Microsoft is well on track to achieving its goal of deployment on one billion devices within two years. It's delivering Windows as a service, as well, with regular and significant updates every six months or so, in addition to monthly (and as-needed) security patches and updates, and interim builds provided to Windows Insiders.

On October 6, Microsoft will announce its new devices, including the Surface Pro 4 and new Lumia phones. Expectations are high for a new Microsoft Band and a few surprises, as well.

It's a whole new world for Windows, and for the devices Microsoft is building to showcase its flagship OS and services. Join IT Unity and community lead Corey Roth to stay on top of key developments in Windows and Microsoft devices, and how those developments impact you at home and at work.


Corey Roth

Corey Roth is an Office 365 consultant specializing in solutions in the oil and gas industry. Corey, a five-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award in SharePoint Server, has always focused on rapid adoption of new Microsoft technologies including Office 365, SharePoint 2013 and Windows 10. When it comes to Office 365, he specializes in deployments, search, and apps. As an active member of the SharePoint community, he often speaks at conferences, events, and user groups. Corey has a blog at ( where he posts about the latest technology and SharePoint. Corey is a huge fan of Microsoft Surface and consumer products. Follow him at @coreyroth on Twitter.

Articles, Videos & Webinars


Overview of the Office Delve Application for Windows 10

by Cecil du Toit

Microsoft recently released the preview of the Office Delve application for Windows 10. In this article, I will take you through a review of the Office Delve application for Windows 10.

Top 15 of 2015: The Year's Best Videos and Articles on IT Unity

by IT Unity Staff

As 2015 comes to a quiet close, we’d like to share the 15 top videos and the 15 most read articles on IT Unity. As you have some time over the next few days, these lists offer great insight into what many people in our community were watching and reading in 2015.

Traveling with Surface Book

What is it like to travel with Microsoft’s first laptop?
by Corey Roth

Corey did the "toss the laptop in the backpack and take a business trip" with his new Surface Book, and writes about it. Is it better or worse than the Surface Book 3 he was using up until a week ago?

Complete Surface Book Review

A look at Microsoft’s ultimate laptop
by Corey Roth

Corey Roth shares his complete review of the new Microsoft Surface Book laptop (tablet) computer. This article features 35 images of the hardware and key software elements that are unique to Surface Book.

The Future of Windows 10 Upgrades

by Eric Riz

In a post on October 29, 2015, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) at Microsoft, described how Windows 10 updates will change in the future and reported that more than 110 million devices run Windows 10.

An Insiders Review to the Surface Book on Office 365 Pulse

by Jennifer Ann Mason

Are you curious about the latest hardware releases from Microsoft? Corey Roth has been following all the latest changes and during this episode of the Pulse both he and Jennifer will provide reviews of their experiences so far with the Surface Book. Still on the fence on deciding to buy? Join us and see how first reactions to the latest release!

Surface Book Unboxing

A first look at Microsoft’s ultimate laptop
by Corey Roth

Corey unboxes the new Microsoft Surface Book. Deliveries of the new devices arrived at customers today. Microsoft announced the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 on October 6, 2015.

Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book? Which One Is for You?

Choosing between Microsoft’s latest mobile devices
by Corey Roth

On October 6, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 and surprised the world with the Surface Book. Two laptops from Microsoft! Do they both interest you?

An Update on Windows 10

by Jennifer Ann Mason

Windows 10 has been one of the biggest launches we have seen from Microsoft and now that some of the dust has settled, let’s dig into some of the lessons learned along the way. Corey Roth will be our special guests and will share with us lessons learned, gotchas and planning tips that you and your organization should consider as you are moving forward with Windows 10.

DFW SPUG Webinar: Windows 10 for Business - Why Now? - Presentation Recording and Resources.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
by Derek Martin

The Dallas user Group presents: Derek Martin, Practice Area Lead - Modern Datacenter Solutions for Slalom Consulting. The Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint and Office 365 User Group provides educational opportunities for technical professionals whose interests include SharePoint, Office 365 and related technologies. Join us for this webinar to learn how Slalom and Microsoft are working with businesses of all sizes and verticals to learn more about Windows 10, what their options are for deployment and why they should be considering their deployments sooner rather than later. Slalom’s work with Microsoft over the previous six months has led us to four main advocacy positions for businesses considering Windows 10: Servicing, Security, Identity and Mobility. We’ll take a quick dive into each of these four main areas and learn how Windows 10 is the best platform for businesses right now. Takeaway: Get a clear picture of the value Windows 10 can bring to your business and why you should start planning for deployment right now.

An Update on Windows 10 with Corey Roth

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
by Jennifer Ann Mason

Every week, Office 365 MVP Jennifer Ann Mason covers new features and announcements for Office 365 and welcomes a special guest. This week, Jennifer is joined by MVP Corey Roth to explore Windows 10.Now that some of the dust has settled, Corey digs into some of the lessons learned, gotchas and tips for planning and deployment for you and your organization as you move forward with Windows 10.

Windows 10 Runtime Broker Performance Killer - SOLVED! ...?

by Dan Holme

Windows 10 (and, potentially, Windows 8) has a serious memory leak that causes Runtime Broker to eat up all available memory and to kill performance. Problem SOLVED! ...?

Announcing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10536

by Windows Blog

Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring are starting to get Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10536. New features, improvements, and a caution to Lumia 1020 users.

Windows 10 Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Network Problem: SOLVED!

by Dan Holme

The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has a nasty bug in Windows 10 that causes the network stack to lock up completely when copying large files, requiring a complete restart. Problem SOLVED!

Windows 10 for Business - Why Now?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
by Derek Martin

The Dallas user Group presents: Derek Martin, Practice Area Lead - Modern Datacenter Solutions for Slalom Consulting. Explore Windows 10 from four business-centric perspectives: Servicing, Security, Identity and Mobility. Learn why Windows 10 is the best platform for businesses right now.

Windows 10 Impressions

by Eric Riz

After more than two weeks of using the released version of Windows 10, Eric Riz offers his impressions of an OS he uninstalled when it was in preview.

5 Critical Windows 10 Enhancements Every Business User Must Know and Use!

by Eric Riz

Now that Windows 10 is available, what enhancements will business users find valuable? Eric describes five that he thinks most users will see productivity from.

Governing Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP

by Eric Riz

As Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, companies must contend with support and governance of 5 versions of Windows in their corporate environments. Now is the time to create a governance policy for operating systems and consider replacing those Windows XP machines that are no longer supported.

Introducing Windows 10: the Last Windows Upgrade You’ll Ever Do

Windows 10 is now generally available and the time to upgrade is now
by Corey Roth

What's not to love about a free upgrade to Windows 10? The OS is solid and the reviews are very good. If you've been dragging your feet about whether to upgrade your OS, Corey Roth says you should do it and explains why.

Managing Windows 10 Upgrade Remorse

by Eric Riz

Some people who upgrade to Windows 10 will have some remorse. That's natural. In this article, you'll learn how to plan now to gather their feedback and address their concerns in a way that is productive for everyone.

Planning Your Organization’s Windows 10 Upgrade

by Eric Riz

We're just a few days from the release of Windows 10. How many people in your organization have admin authority to upgrade their computers to the next release? Has your team discussed this? I've included a table to get the conversation going in the right direction.

Is Windows Phone Finally Dead?

Microsoft announces restructuring of phone hardware business: 7800 jobs cut and a $7.6B write down
by Corey Roth

In a news release on July 8, 2015, Microsoft announced the reduction of up to 7,800 jobs, primarily in Microsoft's phone business. In the same news release, Microsoft announced a huge write off of the acquisition of Nokia. With Windows 10 Mobile not due until fall 2015, should Windows Phone supporters just give up?

IT Pros and Developers: Time for Windows 10

Windows 10 hit RTM on July 29, 2015. Are you ready?
by Corey Roth

If you haven't yet tried Windows 10 because you're stuck in a 90s mindset that you'll wait for the ISO and then a year or more later for a service pack, those days are gone. Corey lays out why that thinking is not how it works anymore and why you want to try Windows 10 now.

Introducing Microsoft Edge, the Default Web Browser in Windows 10

“Project Spartan” is now branded as Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 build 10058
by Corey Roth

Microsoft released three first ring versions of Windows 10 this week, and today (July 2, 2015) they're up to build 10058. Microsoft Edge (formerly "Project Spartan" is now the default browser. Corey walks through the updates to Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer 11 is also available for compatibility purposes.

Microsoft Announces an Early Look at Cortana Integration with Office 365

by IT Unity Staff

In a June 29, 2015 post on Office Blogs, Microsoft announced that Cortana in Windows 10 can now connect to Office 365. Customers who are enrolled in the Windows Insider Program and running Windows 10 preview and have opted for First Release for Office 365 can preview this functionality now.

Windows 10 Available on July 29, 2015 – Should You Try a Preview Build Now?

Are you ready to try a preview build of Microsoft’s latest operating system?
by Corey Roth

If you are an IT pro, build 10130 of Windows 10 is worthy of installing on a test machine. Running the preview allows you to install the Universal App previews of Word, Excel and PowerPoint (Office 2016).

What’s Windows 10 All About?

Alignment to a vision and some favorite new features
by Eric Riz

What's really interesting about Windows 10? It will help people achieve more. It's a change from past versions of Windows (in particular Windows 7) and end users familiar with old ways will be wary of some significant changes in the new version.

Cortana Coming to Android and iOS

The Windows 10 Phone Companion app makes it easy to connect your Windows PC to whatever device you own.
by Corey Roth

On May 26, 2015 in a post to Windows Blogs, corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Phone Joe Belfiore announced that Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phones and coming to Windows 10, will be available as an app for Android and iPhone devices.

Introducing Project Spartan, Microsoft’s New Browser for Windows 10

Windows 10 Build 10049 brings us our first look at Microsoft’s latest browser
by Corey Roth

Corey Roth test drives Project Spartan, a new web browser in technical preview with Windows 10 build 10049. Many interesting new features!

Is Windows 10 Build 10041 Ready for Your Surface Pro 3?

Running the latest Windows 10 build on your tablet
by Corey Roth

Corey is back with a follow up to his article about Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3, now using build 10041. This build is better, and possibly one IT pros and developers might want to try.