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.

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
IT/Dev Connections One of the Top DevOps Conferences to Attend in 2017
We’ve made a DevOps conference list for the 2nd year in a row.
URGENT - Microsoft's Build 2017 Registration Opens Today
Today Microsoft will open up registration for their annual developer event and you can expect tickets to sell out very quickly.
Windows Developer Day - Creators Update Summary
Microsoft held an online Windows Developer Day this week and shared a lot of new information for developers and how they can take advantage of new features in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Dev Center: Universal Ad Campaigns Available for Universal Windows Platform Apps
Developers can now access new universal ad campaigns from Microsoft for their apps that will be served up on Microsoft web properties such as MSN, Outlook and Skype.
Microsoft Releases App Promotion API for Windows Store
A new API for the Windows Store from Microsoft will allow companies to promote apps and manage related ad campaigns.
Resource: Keeping up with Changes in Windows 10 for Developers
Keeping up with the changes that hit each new feature update of Windows 10 can be a challenge for end users but even more so for developers as new capabilities get added to each subsequent release.
Windows 10 Development for Beginners (Free Course)
This 80 part course will help a new Windows dev learn the ins and outs of building apps for Windows 10 and might even sharpen the skills of experienced coders.
Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Preview for Build 15003
The latest updated build for the Windows 10 SDK has been released for developers in the Microsoft stack.
Online Windows Developer Day for Windows 10 Creators Update Being Streamed on 08 February 2017
Microsoft is planning a one day online streaming conference next month to brief developers on the development level changes that will be included in the Windows 10 Creators Update which is expected to be released in April 2017.
A Collection of Azure Resources for Developers
Looking for some insight to what Azure services can provide you as a developer in your work?
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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