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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.

The OneNote UWP App Shows Windows Store Apps Can Be Very Powerful
After looking at the latest round of updates for OneNote it got me to thinking about why many UWP apps lack power features.
Microsoft Taking Steps to Deal with Remnants of SMB1 In Upcoming Versions of Windows 10
Microsoft is taken more steps after the recent WannaCrypt Ransomware outbreak to make that attack vector unavailable by default in future versions of Windows 10.
Hands On: Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16226
After almost two weeks, we once again have a new Insider build that is chock full of updates for testers in the Fast Ring.
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.
Hands On: Meta2 Augmented Reality Headset 4
I was able to add one more device to the list of headsets I have been able to try out for augmented and virtual reality.
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.
Lenovo Transform: 25 Years of ThinkPad Models and Their History (Gallery) 3
This October Lenovo will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ThinkPad brand and they had several models on display at the Transform event in NYC this week. Looking at these various models it not only showed the history of iconic brand but the commonality it has retained over the last 25 years.
Connected Devices App on Android Implements Easy Sharing to Windows 10 Devices from Android Handsets
You can share text, images, and URLs from your Android to Windows 10 devices using the recently discovered Connected Devices app.
Connected Devices UWP App Allows You To Share Content Across Windows 10 Devices 1
Although it is not the full experience Microsoft described back at Build 2017 for Windows Timeline, this UWP app will let you share many types of content manually between devices by using the Shared Experiences option in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Official Windows 10 S & Office Apps Frequently Asked Questions from Microsoft Support
The Surface Laptop is now available through retail channels and Microsoft has a complete FAQ about the new version of Windows 10 S which is the operating that ships on those devices. In addition, a new Office on Windows 10 S FAQ has also been published.
How To: Make Cortana Your Default Assistant Option on Android Devices
The latest update to the Cortana app on Android now allows you to select the Microsoft digital assistant as your default on Android devices.
App Tour: Picture Editor by Aviary
In this app tour, I take a closer look at a possible Windows Store option to replace desktop software I use for editing images.
Five More Microsoft Edge Extensions Quietly Arrive in the Windows Store 1
Over the last 3 1/2 months a total of 17 new extensions have been published for Microsoft Edge in the Windows Store. This is by far the biggest period of growth for the two year old browser and is a good sign.
Hands On: New Skype on Android (Screenshots) 1
If the new update for Skype on Android, which was released earlier this month, is any indicator then the move is towards the Snapchat generation as Microsoft tries to make its own chat client popular among younger users.
How To: Quickly Check Your OneDrive Storage Space Usage in Windows 10
You can check your OneDrive cloud storage in Windows 10 in just two clicks.
Microsoft & Security: Older Windows OS's Once Again Receive Security Patches for Critical Threat
June 14, 2017

Very true however, each of those companies have entered into a very expensive contract with MS for that support. I wonder how they (the companies paying) feel about these same...

OneNote Hack: Easily Sharing Items Across Multiple Devices
June 7, 2017

I have not thought of the web clipper for some time - I seem to recall it did not fit my style of saving I needed at that time - but maybe things have changed. I will fire up...

Quick Tip: How To Turn Your Windows 10 Creators Update Device into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
June 7, 2017

Yes that is exactly what I am doing at the moment with the S8 connected Wi-Fi to the SB which is connected to Wi-Fi for the Internet connection.

Have never tried the...

Recovery Options Following Microsoft's Inadvertent Windows 10 Build Release
June 2, 2017

What you should do is set the date of your device forward about 20 years. Restart it and then go check for updates - that update should then time/error out.

After it...

Microsoft Bumps Windows 10 Current Branch to Build 10563.332 with Cumulative Update KB4020102
May 27, 2017

The security of Windows 10 was recently proven to be much higher than Windows 7 due to the WannaCrypt Ransomware. Over 98% of the systems infected were Windows 7 devices....

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