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: 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.
Windows Dev News: Edge Summit, COPPA Settings, Windows.UI, & Windows Template Studio Update
This is a list of a handful of recent announcements from the Windows Developer team at Microsoft.
Moving Your Desktop Software to the Windows Store via the Desktop Bridge
Microsoft may be betting on Windows 10 S as the future of their flagship operating system to strengthen the security posture of consumer and business user hardware and developers with desktop software can get their products in front of those customers easily using the Desktop Bridge.
Resource: Taking Your App to the Cloud with Azure and Visual Studio 2017
Visual Studio makes it very easy to take your web app to the Microsoft Azure cloud service to get it up and running.
Resource: Azure Bot Service Demo
Developers looking to expand their work portfolio should consider looking closer at bots and the services they can provide to customers.
Developers: Get Ready for Mixed Reality on Windows 10
It is not too late to start working on Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for Windows 10 and the upcoming Windows Mixed Reality experience.
Project Rome: The Key to a Cross Platform Ecosystem Around Windows 10
Learn more about Project Rome and how it can help you develop apps that can be integral elements in a users cross platform experience.
Tutorial: How to Build One Browser Extension that works in several Modern Browsers
Do you build extensions for a living or as part of your overall development plan? This tutorial from Microsoft will show you how to build an extension once that will work across multiple modern browsers with the same code base.
Developing Touch Friendly UWP Apps for Windows 10
Touch is becoming the preferred method of interacting with our computing devices so how do you make sure your UWP apps for Windows 10 are touch friendly?
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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