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

Microsoft Earnings Q4 2017: Where the Users Are in the Post-PC Era
There were some very interesting bits of information spread throughout Microsoft's fourth quarter financials -- bits that tell us where people are beginning to do their everyday computing.
Hands On: Surface Diagnostic Toolkit App
Surface owners now have a Windows Store app that will let them run various tests, diagnostics, and check for updates in this one-stop shopping app.
Hands On: Unboxing the NuVision Solo 10 Draw Windows 10 Tablet with Pen
We are still in search of that perfect small form factor tablet and stylus to become our digital notebook - can the NuVision Solo 10 Draw fit in that niche?
How To: Using Windows File Explorer as an FTP Client

These days I do not need a full FTP client as much as I used to several years ago. Part of this is just simply we access everything over the Internet through websites instead of downloads from FTP servers.

Remember getting some big updates from a company by downloading from their FTP server?

While there are plenty of fully equipped FTP clients out there to download, sometimes we just need a quick connection to grab some files - in my case for my website maintenance - and need something straight forward and simple.

How To: Update and Setup Samsung's Bixby Assistant Voice Control
Samsung's contribution to the array of digital assistants can finally hear your voice and interact with various services and apps on your Samsung Galaxy S8.
Microsofts' Windows Community Site - Learning About Windows 10 From the Team Building It
This site is in its first stage of development and begins with videos and stories that discuss the creation of Windows and work done by some of the engineering teams working on the operating system.
What I Use - Microsoft Apps on Android 9
Easy access to the apps Microsoft builds for Android and a list of the companies and apps that have a place on my home screen.
Popular Mac Image Editing Software Luminar Coming to Windows 10
A multi-year award winning photography software developer is bringing their image editing program Luminar, which is very popular on Mac, to all supported versions of Windows.
Offiical LinkedIn App for Windows 10 Released
Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for more than $26 billion dollars last year and has slowly been working on integrating the professional social media network into its products and services. Today the companies announced they are publishing a new Windows 10 app that is starting to roll out to users.
July Xbox One Console Update Delivers Custom Gamerpics and Other New Features to All Users
After a couple of months being tested by Xbox Insiders, the full July Update has been made available to all Xbox One console owners and delivers a highlight requested feature among its improvements.
Hands On: Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16241 2
This weeks build confirms two new features we have already covered plus a few tweaks to other enhancements.
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.
Windows 10 (Feature 2) 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, now referred to as Feature 2, branch for testing and preview.
Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16232 ISOs Now Available for Download; Final Bug Bash Approaches 1
Microsoft is preparing for the final Bug Bash event for the upcoming Fall Creators Update which is expected to be released in the September time frame.
Windows Phone 8.1 Reaches End of Official Support & The Close of a Very Short Era 4
Microsoft has officially issued their final updates for the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system as they close a tumultuous chapter in the companies mobile efforts for smart phones. Now there are more unsupported handsets than there are of those still supported with Windows 10 Mobile. Where are we going from here?

Comments

Hands On: Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16241
July 21, 2017

The Fall Creators Update is expected in September

What I Use - Microsoft Apps on Android
July 18, 2017

I do use Arrow launcher and it is the first thing I install now. I have added a short note to that mention in the article for clarity. Sorry about the confusion.

As for...

Windows Phone 8.1 Reaches End of Official Support & The Close of a Very Short Era
July 12, 2017

Just want to clarify that they are not going to stop making Surface Hub. They are just moving manufacturing in-house. This will allow them to build more of them.

Apple Said to Test 3-D Face Scanning to Unlock Next IPhone
July 5, 2017

Otherwise known as Windows Hello which Microsoft shipped two years ago!

Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads
June 27, 2017

I suspect they are not going to purge what they have but just stop collecting in the future. Plus they have web browsing data as well if you use their tools so they are still...