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Richard Hay

Richard
Hay
Sr. Contributing Editor,
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.

Articles
Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 ISOs for PC Available; Mobile Gets Patched to 15063.2
As we get closer to next months General Availability and release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, some final maintenance steps continue for Windows Insider testers.
Review: The Windows 10 Creators Update - Available April 11, 2017
The third major feature update for Windows 10 delivers better security, customization, and gaming features. Read on for how all the improvements will change your computing experience.
Windows 10 Creators Update Review Gallery
This image gallery accompanies our full Windows 10 Creators Update Review. You can find specific examples of new or improved features here.
Quick Tip: Accessing Command Prompt Directly from File Explorer in Windows 10 6
Rather than drilling down through directories in the Command Prompt itself you can use this tip to open a Command Prompt right at a specific directory level while in the File Explorer on Windows 10.
Gallery: Unboxing and Setting Up the MouseComputers Windows Hello Camera
This reasonably priced camera can be used for Windows Hello facial recognition but it does lack a couple of key webcam related features.
Facebook Deprecating Older Apps Across all Mobile Operating Systems and Windows 8/8.1 Desktop
It can be very easy to focus on the continued decline of apps for favorite platforms like Windows Phone but deprecating older apps is a necessity to keep the focus on more modern versions of the app for more recent versions of operating systems.
Creators Update: Microsoft Moves Windows 10 Build 15063 to Insider Slow Ring 2
Since being released Monday night, Build 15063 has been on Fast Ring testing machines. Now the larger Slow Ring group will get to test this build as it continues towards the release of the Creators Update.
Microsoft's Outlook Premium Service Expands to Six New Countries
Just prior to the special launch pricing expiring, Microsoft is offering their Outlook.com Premium service in six additional countries.
Getting Your Devices Ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update
Now that it looks like the third major feature update for Windows 10 will be out in the next few weeks it is time to prepare for the update by taking care of a few things on your Windows 10 device.
MouseComputers Debuts Their Affordable Windows Hello Camera for Windows 10 6
Users have been waiting for an option to add facial recognition to their Windows 10 PCs at a reasonable price and it seems MouseComputers is now delivering that reality.
Does Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 for PC and Mobile Mark End of Redstone 2 Development? 1
Microsoft puts in overtime to get a joint PC and Mobile build released for Insiders in the Fast Ring that will likely be the general availability release build in the next few weeks.
Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for PCs 4
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the PC builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview.
Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for Mobile 1
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the Mobile builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview.
Catching Up: Current Status of Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2) Builds
As we begin another week keeping an eye on the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is in its final stages of development, we don't know what to expect but we can catch everyone up after the last month of steady build releases.
Wrapping Up The Week - One Last Windows 10 Build Shuffle for Slow Ring & ISOs for Download
A very busy week wraps up with one last shuffling of the builds for the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Comments
Quick Tip: Accessing Command Prompt Directly from File Explorer in Windows 10
March 28, 2017

I seem to recall those were called Power Toys and had some pretty handy tools in the package.

MouseComputers Debuts Their Affordable Windows Hello Camera for Windows 10
March 27, 2017

I have been running Intel RealSense cameras on AMD hardware since Day 1 - works just fine.

Creators Update: Microsoft Moves Windows 10 Build 15063 to Insider Slow Ring
March 27, 2017

I think we are indeed very close.

Another Day - Another Build as Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15061 for PCs
March 18, 2017

Indeed - a very accurate sentence for sure. Thanks for bringing it to my attention - now fixed!

Does Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15058 Finally Set the Stage for General Availability?
March 16, 2017

Out of curiosity, how do you enable the watermark?

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