Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer,
Penton Technology

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well in what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on this site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each year on January 1st for seven consecutive awards in the program.

I host the Observed Tech PODCAST which is a weekly look at all things tech with a decidedly Microsoft angle however, all subjects are discussed including security, social media, hardware, software and anything tech-ish!

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology.

Windows Dev News: Edge Rendering; AWS Tools; Cloud App Security; Windows 10 S App Compliance
More news of interest to developers including Amazon Web Services for Visual Studio Team Services, improved Microsoft Edge Rendering, validating an app for the Windows Store on Windows 10 S, and re-mediating your app for cloud security.
Windows Dev News: New Tools in Windows Device Portal & Hazards of Using Ad Units Across Multiple Apps
This week in Windows Developer news Microsoft expands the suite of testing tools for devs to use in preparation for the Fall Creators Update plus the company shares some advice on using ads across a portfolio of apps.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK and Mobile Emulator Previews Updated
Developers can continue their work preparing their apps for the next major feature update to Windows 10 on PC and Mobile.
Microsoft Fluent Design Langauge: Materials and Lights In Your Apps Visual Layer
Learn more skills around Microsoft's new Fluent Design Language and how you can impact your apps look and user experience.
Resource: Office Developer Center
Sometimes when you hear someone talk about being a developer most people think apps or software development for Windows, iOS, Android, and Apple platforms. Did you know there is also a market for developers to create add-ins for Office?
Microsoft Windows and Edge Development News Roundup for 02 August 2017
Just catching you up on some of the latest developer content from Microsoft over the last week.
Windows Community Standup On-Demand Video
Microsoft's Kevin Gallo, who leads the companies Developer Platform, spent an hour live on Channel 9 answering questions and talking about the state of the Windows Developer Platform.
As Windows 10 RS3 Development Winds Down Windows Insiders Get a Chance to Skip Ahead to RS4
As the Redmond company gets ready to wrap up development on the Fall Creators Update, they are offering a limited number of Windows Insiders to skip ahead and begin testing the first builds for the fifth major feature update for Windows 10.
Windows Dev News: Community Standup; Edge Summit; Template Studio 1.2; XAML & Visual Layer Interop
We have several items of interest to Windows developers in today's catch up on Windows dev news including an upcoming community event, new releases, the upcoming MS Edge Summit sign-ups, and some UWP coding help.
Without Windows Timline in the Fall Creators Update Will Devs Still be Able to use Project Rome?
Microsoft confirmed last week that Windows Timeline, a new feature initially slated for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, will not be in the final version of that update when it ships this fall. The remaining question is whether developers can still use this API and the associated SDKs for their own apps. We asked Microsoft that very question.
Resource: Open In Extensions for Visual Studio
Gain quick access to your favorite tools from within Visual Studio with these extensions.
Windows Dev News: Mixed Reality Dev; CL Activation of UWP Apps; WinRT Components & Desktop Bridge
This week in our catch up on Windows Developer news we learn about preparing for the onslaught of Mixed Reality on Windows 10 by starting development on HoloLens for those apps, Command Line Activation of UWP apps, plus using WinRT components in a Win32 process with the Desktop Bridge.
Windows App Studio Service is Shutting Down on December 1st, 2017
One of Microsoft's web based app development tools, Windows App Studio helped usher in some of the app growth in the Windows Store when it debut in the days of Windows 8. It has continued to be a staple of simple app development that allowed individuals to create straight forward informational apps using a modular approach.
Windows Dev News: UWP App Diagnostics; Motion & Visual Layer Interaction; Progressive Web Apps
More items coming from the Windows Developer Team that will help you further your own Windows development efforts.
The Journey from Desktop to Windows Store for the Irfanview Image Editing Program
Last week a very popular desktop image editing program, Irfanview, arrived in the Windows Store via Microsoft's Desktop Bridge tool (aka Project Centennial), and I had a chance to ask the developer a few questions about the process of bringing his desktop software to the Store for users.
There are more than 1,000 Apps in the Windows Store that were converted using the Desktop Bridge
May 11, 2017

True but at least we learned last week that Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) are coming to the Store soon via the Desktop Bridge - can't get much more crown...

Resources for Writing Clean Code as a Software Developer
December 14, 2016

Understanding code is paramount to being able to fix code IMHO.

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