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Richard Hay

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 – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com 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 in the Microsoft MVP for Windows 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.

Articles
Microsoft Bumps Windows 10 Current Branch to Build 10563.332 with Cumulative Update KB4020102
Microsoft released an unexpected patch for Windows 10 Creators Update, aka Windows 10 Version 1703, that addresses several quality improvements.
Microsoft Reports the Windows 10 Creators Update Rollout is on Track and Expanding
Six weeks after its initial release to users, Microsoft states they are on track with the Creators Update roll out to its Windows 10 user base and the number of eligible devices is expanding.
My Tools: Graphic and Image Editing Programs and Apps 5
I work with images daily and there are just a few programs that I use regularly when engaged in that type of work. Turns out as I was putting this list together I realized only one of them is Windows Store app.
#MicrosoftEvent: Details From Microsoft's Announcements in China About Hardware & Software
Today Microsoft hosted their May event in Shanghai and although there was no live stream plenty of details could be picked up through other channels throughout the event. Between that info and what Microsoft has provided afterwards, we pulled together the key elements of today's announcements.
Microsoft's May Shanghai Event: Timing, Where to Watch, and What to Expect
This week wraps up a big month for Microsoft that has included their education event back at the beginning of the month, that was followed by Build 2017 a couple of weeks later, and then this weeks Shanghai launch event. There is plenty of info out there now to get an idea of what to expect.
Microsoft Unveils Accessibility Features for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
We hear from Microsoft's Accessibility Team about their plans for the next major update to Windows 10.
We Decide What Missing Windows 10 Features Should Be Revived And Why 4
We are now six weeks into the public development cycle of the next major feature update for Windows 10 that is called the Fall Creators Update. Time to talk about some of the features that might come and go over the next 3-4 months before its release.
Microsoft Underground: A Behind the Scenes Look Around Microsoft's Redmond Campus
On the last day of Build 2017 in Seattle this month, myself and several other members of the media were given an abbreviated version of the normal 2 1/2 day Underground Tour. Here are my images and comments throughout my six hour version of the tour.
Twitter Pulls Back the Curtain on Your Account and its New Privacy Related Data Controls
Twitter is now sharing more details about the data it knows about you and your use of the social media platform plus it adds more controls for you to see what that information entails.
How To: Add a Custom Gamerpic to Your Xbox Live Profile Using the Xbox Beta App
There is more than one way to customize you Xbox Live Gamerpic and this article will show you the alternative method to doing it on your console.
Hands On: Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16199 & Feature 2 Development Channel Progress
Microsoft released the seventh overall testing build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update and it contains several new features and enhancements.
Windows 10 (Redstone 3) Build Tracker for PCs
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 3, and it is expected to be released some time in the fall of 2017. This page will track all of the PC builds released under the Redstone 3 branch for testing and preview.
Windows 10 (Redstone 3) Build Tracker for Mobile 2
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 3, and it is expected to be released some time in the fall of 2017. This page will track all of the Mobile builds released under the Redstone 3 branch for testing and preview.
A Closer Look at the OneDrive Files On-Demand Feature for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1
When this new feature for OneDrive was announced at Build earlier this month it was briefly demoed on stage as part of the Day Two keynote. However, a new video from Microsoft gives us a much better idea of how this will work when it is released later this year as part of the Fall Creators Update.
Story Remix on Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16193 Walk-through Video 2
Check out this early release of Story Remix in the latest testing builds of the upcoming Fall Creators Update - otherwise known as Redstone 3.
Comments
My Tools: Graphic and Image Editing Programs and Apps
May 24, 2017

I stand corrected - you are right - I wonder why I never discovered that back in those days?

We Decide What Missing Windows 10 Features Should Be Revived And Why
May 20, 2017

I agree - I like the mandatory updates which is why I suggested somewhere between 3 and 7 days to defer updates and then require a mandatory check and install of Windows...

Story Remix on Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16193 Walk-through Video
May 19, 2017

Send an email to that contact in the release notes announcement article for Build 16199. They will send you a document to sign and acknowledge access to the beta app and then...

How To: Recover from Windows 10 Start Screen Lockups
May 19, 2017

Are you fully up to date with your Windows 10 installation including Creators Update?

Does Microsoft's Answer to Rival Chromebook Miss the Point?
May 9, 2017

IMHO Microsoft targeting the MacBook and MacAir market is the right place for this device and then let their OEMs take care of the low end options.

It is a delicate...

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