Richard Hay

Sr. Contributing Editor,
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.

Microsoft Developer News from Connect(); 2016
Microsoft announced a lot of developer related stuff this week from their Connect(); 2016 Developer Conference and we have a round up right here for you.
Visual Studio Code Version 1.7 Released with October Updates
Microsoft's Visual Studio Code is the companies free open source development platform that runs on Windows, Linux and Mac based devices.
Are Your Apps Ready for Windows 10?
Get your apps ready for Windows 10 with these tools and other resources
Ideas on how to implement Surface Dial in your Universal Windows Platform Apps
Sometimes we can find inspiration for new development ideas by seeing how others are doing similar work.
The Developer Connection with Microsoft Teams
The introduction of Microsoft Teams this week also opens up new opportunities for developers who would like to see their products available in the ecosystem. There are three key areas that developers can contribute in for Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Updates Desktop App Converter Base Images and Documentation
Microsoft's tool for converting your existing Win32 apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App so they can be included in the Windows Store for Windows 10 users has been updated.
Microsoft's Developer Perspective on this weeks #MicrosoftEvent in NYC
Microsoft is already laying the groundwork to support Windows developers so they can begin preparing the the Windows 10 Creators Update and the new Surface Dial accessory that was announced this week at #MicrosoftEvent
New Windows Developer Related Content from Microsoft 1
There are a few new resources from the Windows Developer team that we want to catch you up on this week.
The Latest Developments in the Microsoft Developer Stack and Resources
Microsoft's developer team is starting to use a new weekly summary to highlight all of the big developer related news they share each week.
Microsoft Overhauls their Windows IT Center Portal for IT Pros
A recent revamp of the Windows TechCenter website provides IT Pros a new resource - the Windows IT Center.
Microsoft's Connect(); 2016 Online Developer Conference Scheduled for 16/17 November
Microsoft will host their third annual live-streamed developer conference from New York City next month.
New Developer VMs from Microsoft can now be fully licensed
Previously Microsoft released their development stack in Virtual Machines using evaluation versions of Windows however, a recent change in these setups allow you to register your own Windows 10 Pro license in that VM.
Microsoft Ignite: Cloud Related Developer Sessions Now Available On-Demand
These sessions on developer content are now available for on-demand viewing.
Sharing the Experience of Building a Universal Windows Platform App - Pillbox
I think experiential learning and sharing is one of the best ways to learn about any subject in the world. When someone has used a technology or gone through a process there are lessons learned every step of the way. By sharing that experience it will not only help others learn some of the pitfalls but also areas where they can insure success.
Microsoft Ignite: Taking a look at the developer related content that is planned
Although Ignite is not Microsoft's developer focused conference they do have 248 sessions scheduled for developers across several session types next week in Atlanta.
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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