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

Windows 10 (Redstone 3) Build Tracker for PCs 1
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.
Microsoft Decides to Rebrand the Store in Windows 10 2
In what appears to be a merging of portals, Microsoft will rename the app store in Windows 10 to the Microsoft Store including a new colored logo compared to the old flat white one it used to have in the OS.
Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16294 to Fix Corrupted Boot on Surface Pro 3 Devices
This is the second Fast Ring build for Redstone 3 in as many days and its fixes an issue for some Surface Pro 3 users that were experiencing a corrupted boot after shutting their devices down when running Build 16288 which was released last week to Fast and Slow Rings for Insiders.
Hands On: Lenovo X1 Yoga Ultrabook (2nd Generation)
This device reminds me of what it is like to have a true lightweight ultrabook with great power, a spectacular screen, and a couple of extra options that make it unique.
Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16291 Released; Solution Available for Surface Pro 3 Boot Issue on 16288 1
An issue cropped up in Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16288 that caused some Surface Pro 3 devices to become unbootable but alongside of a new build release Microsoft is providing those users a work around until the fix catches up in a future RS3 build.
Hands On: Windows Mixed Reality PC Check App 1
Not all systems are created equal and not every device running Windows 10 will be able to run the Windows Mixed Reality Portal in the Fall Creators Update. This app will help you check your systems and see if you are good to go or if an upgrade is needed.
Microsoft To Do Updated with iPad and iOS 11 Support
Microsoft's To Do app has been available on iOS for some time now, but it was never optimized for the larger iPad displays. With an update late last week, the productivity app is now improved on iPad screens. In addition, Microsoft has updated the app to support the upcoming release of iOS 11.
Popular Utility CCleaner Compromised; Could Potentially Impact Upwards of 20 Million Users 4
It appears someone used a valid digital certificate to insert malicious code into an update for CCleaner, a Windows system utility and registry cleaner, that initiated the transfer of information from the users machine to a third party server.
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.
Logitech Craft Keyboard Unboxing and Hands On
The Logitech Craft has a dial that brings increased productivity options to your apps and software.
Logitech Craft Keyboard Installation and Logitech Options Software
The Logitech Craft keyboard can be connected to your devices via Bluetooth or by using a Logitech Unifying Receiver that is included in the package.
Microsoft Confirms that Ignite 2017 Will Proceed as Scheduled in Orlando
There was some concern over the last week that Microsoft Ignite might be impacted by the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma but the Redmond company has confirmed the annual IT Pro and developer conference will continue as planned.
Microsoft: Edge In Use on Over 330 Million Active Devices Monthly; 18 New Extensions Added to Store 1
During the Edge Web Summit 2017 hosted by Microsoft this week, the company revealed that usage of Edge has more than doubled since April 2016 and the number of extensions for Microsoft's fledgling browser has grown significantly in the last two months.
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.
Hands On: Photos App Story Remix 3D Effects for Video
Take a look at how you can use the new 3D Effects that are now available in the latest builds of the Microsoft Photos app from Microsoft.

Comments

Popular Utility CCleaner Compromised; Could Potentially Impact Upwards of 20 Million Users
September 19, 2017

An updated blog post from Avast, Piriform's parent company, indicates that is not necessary.

However, if my system has had a backdoor in use via a validly signed...

Groove Music Labor Day Offer - Buy One Month and Get Six Free
August 30, 2017

Correct = new subs only.

Doing the Math: All Windows 10 Mobile Support likely to end in December 2019
August 29, 2017

Windows on ARM will enable low powered, fanless devices and result in low battery consumption. Then with virtualization, x86 apps will be able to run on these small form...

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.