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 Developer Day Videos for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Developers looking to target the latest feature update for Windows 10 will appreciate this collection of videos from the recently completed developers event from the Microsoft Dev Team.
What Developers Need to Know as Microsoft Edge Arrives for iOS and Android
As Microsoft begins a preview of the Windows 10 browser on iOS and Android devices, they are also making developers aware of what they need to know about the new mobile app.
Microsoft Announces Microsoft Connect(); 2017 for Developers
This annual event will take place in New York City from 15 to 17 November and will be live streamed over the Internet for all attendees.
Ignite 2017: Recommended Viewing for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Developers
Although Microsoft Ignite leans very heavily towards IT Pro and cloud related subjects there is developer content throughout the conference. In this article we recommend 10 sessions about UWP.
Watch Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 Sessions On-Demand
Microsoft has posted 16 on-demand sessions from last week's annual Edge Web Summit over on Channel 9.
Windows Dev News: Catching Up with the Latest Developer Resources from Microsoft
Sharing several new items from Microsoft for your work as a Windows developer.
HoloDevelopers Summit Registration Opens on 20 September 2017
Microsoft will be hosting a week long HoloLens developer summit in February 2018.
Resource: Learn About Distributed Cloud Apps on Microsoft Azure
This 6.5 hour course will help you understand how to design and support a distributed cloud application. It also covers the pros and cons using these technologies for your distributed app.
Windows Dev News: Video Ads in UWP apps; New WinDbg app; Cognitive Toolkit Model Evals in UWP apps
Here is our regular catch up for some of the latest app development news from Microsoft.
Microsoft's UWP Community Toolkit Upgraded to Version 2.0; Prepares for Fall Creators Update
The developer community continues to work on the Universal Windows Platform Toolkit in this upgrade to version 2.0 with the addition of several new features and ground work to prepare for the upcoming Fall Creators Update.
Resource: Understanding What Constitutes a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App
This is one of the best breakdowns of what is and isn't a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK Build 16267 Now Available with Mobile Emulator Build 15240
Microsoft has released an updated SDK for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update plus Build 15240 of their Mobile Emulator. These tools will help developers continue building out their apps for the next feature update of Windows 10.
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.
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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