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

Unboxing and Hands On: Kensington's VeriMark Fingerprint Key for Windows Hello and FIDO/U2F
This new fingerprint sensor not only delivers biometric authentication for Windows Hello but universal two factor authentication for multiple for U2F certified sites.
Windows 10 Creators Update Released to Little Fanfare for Select Windows 10 Mobile Devices 2
Two weeks after the PC version was made available we are now seeing general availability of the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update but it is only coming to 13 handsets.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Unboxing and Initial Impressions 3
Samsung's latest handset seems to be doing all the right things at its launch and I am sure the company is hoping that continues. So far this premium handset is starting off in a great spot.
Windows 10 (Redstone 3) Build Tracker for Mobile
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.
Windows 10 Creators Update: How To Remove the App List from the Start Menu 2
One of the many customization's you can make to Windows 10 includes several aspects of the default Start Menu. Here is how you can opt out of having the full App List on your device by default.
Hands On: Shared Calendar Added to Microsoft Family Accounts 1
New functionality has been added to Microsoft Family but it needs a little work to become a useful tool for your family calendaring.
Windows 10 Feature Updates Aiming For Semi-Annual Release Cycle
There has been scant predictability for major feature updates on Windows 10 since it was made available to the public 21 months ago. Microsoft's proposed Windows 10 release and support cycle will now make that uncertainty a thing of the past.
Windows 10 Creators Update: How To Setup Dynamic Lock
Using a paired Bluetooth device like your smartphone or a wearable you can lock your Windows 10 device when you walk away
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.
Microsoft To-Do List Service in Public Preview as Eventual Replacement for Wunderlist
Almost two years after acquiring Wunderlist and aboutr 12 months of private testing, the company has made their new To-Do app available in a public preview.
Windows 10 Creators Update: Use Reset PC or Fresh Start Options for Troublesome Systems 4
If you feel like your system is having more than its share of weird issues then these two tools can help you start over very quickly.
Windows 10 Creators Update: App Folders on the Start Screen 1
Organizing your Start Screen in the Windows 10 Creators Update is taking to another level with the addition of the popular App Folders that we first saw in Windows 10 Mobile.
Windows 10 Creators Update: Get Office App is Link to Office Documents, Software, and Settings
This small app opens a portal that can provide you centralized access to everything Office related for your account.
Microsoft's Latest Testing Releases Confirms a Whole New Way of Doing Windows Development
Microsoft is pushing hard on the hustle as Redstone 3 development takes off.
Windows 10 Mobile Users: Your Options for Getting Early Builds Are Narrowing 4
The Windows 10 mobile user base is frustrated as recent release notes indicate a narrowing list of devices to be supported by Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update and future Windows Insider Redstone 3 development builds.

Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update Released to Little Fanfare for Select Windows 10 Mobile Devices
April 27, 2017

Yes - they did push that build out to RP earlier the day. Not sure if it is the final build or not as non one has reported actually getting the update outside of Insider...

Windows 10 Creators Update: How To Remove the App List from the Start Menu
April 25, 2017

Thanks - there are a lot of customization options in Windows 10 for sure.

Windows 10 Creators Update: Use Reset PC or Fresh Start Options for Troublesome Systems
April 18, 2017

These options can be disabled by domain admins so that is likely the case here.

Windows 10 Mobile Users: Your Options for Getting Early Builds Are Narrowing
April 18, 2017

That BLU Win HD LTE was released two years ago this month - old device in the scheme of things :-)

As for 950/950 XL - they will hit the two year mark this fall. Will...

Joe Belfiore Returns Publicly to Microsoft; Leading Windows Shell Team & Education Advocacy
April 13, 2017

Both of your comments are on point for sure. I think we might learn more about all of this in a couple of weeks at the may event in NYC and for sure at Build 2017 in Seattle...