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.

Microsoft is Taking Build 2017 On The Road Around the Globe
As has become their custom following the annual Build developers conference, Microsoft will now take elements of the show on the road for developers in several locations around the world.
Build 2017: Microsoft Fluent Design Language
Microsoft announced as new design language for Windows and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps last week at Build 2017. Here is a closer look at what it is all about along with several resources to learn more about the Fluent Design System.
Build 2017: Microsoft Announces Fluent Design System and Other Developer Tools for Windows
Keeping with the theme that by having a Windows device in a stable of devices, the end users experience across their entire connected world and those mixed devices will be a better experience Microsoft has released additional development related tools for Windows.
Build 2017: Microsoft Releases Tools to Help Developers Build & Debug Apps for iOS and Android
During the companies Day Two keynote at Microsoft Build, Microsoft unveiled a new preview for Xamarin users and updates for its VS Mobile Center Preview that will let developers easily build and debug apps for iOS and Android devices.
There are more than 1,000 Apps in the Windows Store that were converted using the Desktop Bridge 2
Microsoft's eight month old Desktop Bridge really makes program conversion fast and easy for most desktop programs so why aren't more developers using the tool?
Build 2017: Microsoft Announces Several New Tools and Services for Developers
During the Build 2017 Day 1 Keynote, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Scott Guthrie, and Harry Shum unveil several new services intended to help developers maximize their abilities to build intelligent apps for their customers.
Join us for Microsoft Build Coverage Live from Seattle
Microsoft is expected to announce several new features and enhancements to their cloud and developer based resources and we will be on hand for everything.
Official Microsoft Build 2017 Apps Now Available for Windows, iOS, and Android
Whether you are attending Build next week or watching from home, updates to the Build 2017 apps have been published and now you can review and setup your schedule for the week.
Windows 10 Creators Update Developer VM and Desktop App Converter Now Available
Microsoft is releasing various developer tools that support the Windows 10 Creators Update.
First Annual Windows Developer Awards at Build 2017
Microsoft is doing something different at their annual Build 2017 developer conference by holding their first annual Windows Developer Awards and if you register with the event site you can vote on your picks.
Build 2017: Windows Developers can RSVP for the event and access to content
RSVP so that you get notified about the Build 2017 live streams and when content is published to the event website.
Microsoft Offers a Desktop Bridge Video Course for Developers
The Windows Desktop Bridge is a tool that can help developers bring their current desktop programs to Windows into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and subsequently take advantage of many enhanced features such as notifications, inking, and speech.
Beyond Basic Bots: Using Intelligent Bots for Extended Customer Service and Support (Video Series)
Bots are quickly taking up a role as initial points of contact fin multiple customer service scenarios. Learn more about implementing them in your organization in this Channel 9 video series.
Windows 10 Creators Update Developer Resources and Information Catchup
The release of the Windows 10 Creators Update also means there are new options available to developers as they look to upgrade their UWP apps for the latest feature update for Windows 10.
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.
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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