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 10 Creators Update Developer Tools Released
Along with the release of the third major feature update for Windows 10, Microsoft has also released the final versions of their developer tools based on the Windows 10 Creators Update.
New Features in the Desktop Bridge for Windows 10 Creators Update
With the Windows 10 Creators Update about to make its public debut, the Windows Developer Team is providing a summary of the new features that are available in the Desktop Bridge for the third major feature update of Windows 10.
Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 SDK and Mobile Emulator Now Available for Download
As the release of the third major feature update for Windows 10 approaches, developers can now get the near final build for continuing their app development and testing.
Experience: Using the UWP Community Toolkit to Create Apps
Hearing from other developers on how they used a specific development tool can help us map out our own app ideas and implementations.
Free Monthly Amazon Web Services Credits for Developers Working on Alexa Skills
By offering developers free credits on their cloud based services, Amazon is duplicating an offering that Microsoft provides with Azure that shows developers the capabilities within the companies cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft wants you to enhance your dev skills and have some fun at the same time
Microsoft is inviting developers to participate in a new one day skills training sessions with a twist.
Microsoft Developer Resources Catch Up - 16 March 2017 1
Here is a summary of several developer related resources that have surfaced over the last few weeks from Microsoft.
Microsoft's Playable Ads Will Let Users Experience Your App First Hand
Playable Ads will allow Universal Windows Platform app developers to give potential customers the full experience of running an app to decide if they might want to purchase the app offering.
Visual Studio 2017 Launch Videos Now Available for On Demand Viewing
You can now catch up with all the Visual Studio 2017 launch related videos from the two day live stream from earlier this week that marked the release of the software on its 20th birthday.
Visual Studio 2017 Reaches General Availability and is Ready for Download
Today is the 20th birthday for Microsoft's Visual Studio and the celebration is kicking off with the release of the latest version of the software development and a two day streaming event.
Developers - Microsoft Wants More Desktop Programs in the Windows Store as Universal Windows Platform Apps
The tools are known by a couple of names but the bottom lines is that recent changes in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update release is asking developers to move their desktop programs to the Windows Store as UWP apps.
Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15042 SDK Released
Microsoft has released the latest Software Development Kit build for the upcoming Creators Update so that developers can continue updating their apps for the next major feature release for Windows 10.
Microsoft Developer Documentation Moves to Microsoft Docs Portal
Microsoft has moved all of their Windows Developer documentation to the companies new Docs service. This one stop shop will give you access to everything you need as you develop within the Microsoft stack.
Microsoft UWP Toolkit Version 1.3 Released
Microsoft's UWP Community Toolkit is a community supported collection of helper functions, custom controls, and app services for UWP apps on Windows 10 which can be used on PC, Xbox One, Mobile, HoloLens, and Surface devices.
Microsoft will launch Visual Studio 2017 on 07 March 2017 with Two Day Live Streamed Event
Join Microsoft as they launch Visual Studio 2017 and celebrate its 20th Anniversary
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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