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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 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.

August OneNote for Windows 10 App Update Begins Rollout to Users
New enhancements arrive this month including Text to Math, Smart Lookup, and custom table sizes and shapes.
Cortana's "Pick up where you left off" Feature is almost Windows Timeline Light
Microsoft might not be shipping Windows Timeline with the Fall Creators Update but they have tweaked Cortana on Windows 10 and Android devices to help you pick up where you left off on other devices.
Resources for the North American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
A very rare event will cross the continental United States and allow millions to view this unique celestial event and there are plenty of tools available to help you make the best of the experience.
View 3D App Finally Allows Windows 10 Users to Add 3D Models to their Environments
A feature that was demoed at the April education event in New York City earlier this year is finally making its way to Windows Insiders through an app update for View 3D.
Xbox Insider Program Receives a Refresh; Opens Up Preview Rings to More Testers
After a major overhaul of the Xbox Insider Program last fall, Microsoft is tweaking the format slightly to give testers more flexibility for joining in higher levels of preview build access.
Hands On and Unboxing: Acer Head Mounted Display for the Windows 10 Mixed Reality Portal 1


After announcing their 3D For Everyone approach for Windows 10 in October 2016 there has not been much action on that front beyond the release of Paint 3D and the new Remix 3D Community site.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Announced as Latest Variation of Windows 10
The list of Windows 10 variations has grown to a total of 10 this week with the addition of a new SKU for high end work stations.
Microsoft Announces Changes for Third Party Antivirus Products on Windows 10 5
After a couple of months of antitrust threats and case filings, Microsoft has decided to reach out to companies like Kaspersky and modify how Windows 10 handles some aspects of third party security software.
Windows 10 (Feature 2) Build Tracker for Mobile 3
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, now referred to as Feature 2, branch for testing and preview.
Microsoft Launches a New Beta 1
Microsoft's flagship web-based email service is going through another overhaul that will introduce new AI enhanced search and other popular features across the web interface.
Hands On: Microsoft Adds an Xbox Assist/Care App for the Xbox One Fall Update
A new feature introduced with the initial testing build of the Xbox One Fall Update will put help and assistance directly on your console for quick and easy access.
Hands On: Spotify App on Xbox One


After a long wait, Windows users on both PC, tablets, and now the Xbox One console can use the popular Spotify music service on their devices.

Today Microsoft and Spotify announced the availability of the service on the companies gaming and entertainment console for all users.

Microsoft Begins Testing Fall Update for Xbox One Consoles; First Build Released to Alpha Preview Ring
After having wrapped up and released their Spring Update a couple of weeks ago, the Xbox team is now beginning work on what looks like a big remake of the console's UI for their Fall Update.
Ease of Access: Eye Tracking Tools in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
The use of eye tracking tools -- an integral part of Windows 10 with the release of the Fall Creators Update -- will broaden the ability of disabled users to interact with their computers just by using their eyes.
Unboxing: Tobii 4C Eye Tracker for Windows
This past week when Microsoft released Build 16257 to Windows Insiders who are testing Fall Creators Update builds in the Fast Ring, they added a significant feature under the Ease of Access area of the operating system that enables full interaction with just the uers eyes.
Microsoft Announces Changes for Third Party Antivirus Products on Windows 10
August 11, 2017

The fourth bullet of the list of changes they are making addresses this in that the user will have to explicitly select to renew their third party AV or activate Windows...

Checking out the Windows 10 Alarms & Clock App
August 3, 2017

This is one of Microsoft's inbox apps for Windows 10 and I am pretty sure they are not going to share the source code from within Windows.

Five More Microsoft Edge Extensions Quietly Arrive in the Windows Store
August 2, 2017

Do you have a link to that in the Store? It must be a preview as it is now listed on the Edge Extension page in the Windows Store. TY.

Microsoft Paint Receives a Reprieve and will Remain Available in the Windows Store
July 26, 2017

I guess beloved could be replaced with popular or highly used...

Hands On: Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16241
July 21, 2017

The Fall Creators Update is expected in September

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