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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
Hands On: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Build 16257 1
The latest Fast Ring build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 adds a huge accessibility feature.
Windows 10 (Redstone 4) Build Tracker for PCs
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 4, and it is expected to be released some time in the spring of 2018. This page will track all of the PC builds released under the Redstone 4 branch for testing and preview.
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.
Just Seven More Microsoft Edge Extensions Have Been Added Over the Last Six Weeks
Seven more extensions have been added to the Windows Store for Microsoft Edge over the past six weeks but three of them appear to still be in preview mode.
How To: "Upgrade" to Windows 10 S
Turns out any enthusiasts who wants to live the app only life on Windows can now install Windows 10 S on eligible systems running Windows 10 Pro.
New Windows 10 S OEM Hardware and Educational Testing Available
Microsoft is making Windows 10 S available to educational institutions so they can start testing it against their own hardware for compatibility purposes.
Finance Your Next Surface Hardware Purchase with the Surface Plus Program
As the new school year is getting started Microsoft wants to help students purchase the latest Surface hardware through a new program with financing, support, hardware protection, and trade in options.
Windows 10: Two Years and Moving Forward 2
Windows 10 recently passed the two year mark since it was first made available as an upgrade for Windows users. What has that journey been like over the last 24 months?
Windows 10 S Now Available to MSDN and Visual Studio Subscribers for Testing; A Closer Look
Microsoft has made Windows 10 S, Version 1703 which is the Creators Update, available for testing.
Windows 10 Creators Update Now Fully Available for Compatible Devices
Microsoft's targeted release of the Windows 10 Creators Update is coming to an end as they make the operating systems third feature update available for all eligible hardware.
Hands On: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Release Branch Build 16251 1
Today Microsoft forked the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 from the pre-release development branch to the release branch. This is a critical move as the update approaches general availability in the September time frame.
As Windows 10 RS3 Development Winds Down Windows Insiders Get a Chance to Skip Ahead to RS4
As the Redmond company gets ready to wrap up development on the Fall Creators Update, they are offering a limited number of Windows Insiders to skip ahead and begin testing the first builds for the fifth major feature update for Windows 10.
Microsoft Paint Receives a Reprieve and will Remain Available in the Windows Store 2
The beloved program, which has been around since the first release of Windows, will no longer be removed from Windows in the future but will now become a Windows Store app which will allow it to live on in posterity.
Hands On: HP Spectre x360 15 Product Shots and Initial Impressions
The latest member in the HP Spectre x360 series of devices nicely evolves the products lines heritage that has made it such a popular line of hardware.
Paint to be Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update but Paint 3D is Ready to Take its Place
The news of Paint being removed from a future version of Windows 10 has the Internet riled up today but it really is unnecessary as Microsoft has a replacement already up and running for it that you can use right now with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Comments
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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