Keeping an eye on Windows and other things tech!
By Richard Hay
Observed Tech PODCAST – The Final Episode #OTP
June 17, 2019
After nearly 10 years, 317 shows, almost 230 hours of me talking, and who knows how many headlines and tech stories that were talked about, I have decided to end the Observed Tech PODCAST. More details in this final episode,
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 315 #OTP
June 10, 2019
This week we delayed recording the show until after Microsoft's big Xbox E3 Media Briefing was held yesterday afternoon. So this show has a lot of stuff related to those announcements from Los Angeles, That gets us caught up with the new game pass opti...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 314 #OTP
June 02, 2019
This week I share about my recent office reorganization and the resulting tech purge that it has resulted in as I start to clear out old technology and e-cycle it. We catch up on a slow week for Windows Insiders and discuss the potential release of the...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 313 #OTP
May 28, 2019
Following a long holiday weekend here in the United States, we catch you up on all the details for the general availability of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, aka Version 1903, which began last week. Included among those details are key blog posts you ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 312 #OTP
May 19, 2019
This week we have our normal collection of updates for Windows Insiders with the latest builds and progress across a couple of development branches for Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge (Chromium). However, I begin with an explanation of the final state of...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 311 #OTP
May 12, 2019
Welcome to our catch up episode after I spent a week out in Seattle at Microsoft Build. There were a lot of exciting announcements from Microsoft for developers and while some will be experienced by consumers sooner - others will come later in our favo...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 310 #OTP
April 28, 2019
This show is full of Microsoft and Windows news as you would expect. There is Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings report which was very good, updates on Microsoft Edge Chromium work, and even a Windows Insider build for Fast Ring testers for the 20H1...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 309 #OTP
April 14, 2019
This week there was a lot happening in the Microsoft tech world. First, we had the public release of the Microsoft Edge Developer and Canary builds of the company's new Chromium-based browser on Monday. A couple of hours later they then opened up the W...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 308 #OTP
April 07, 2019
What an absolutely eye opening and jaw dropping week. I kick the show off talking about my return from Twitter Exile and then we dive into what might be the biggest news in the history of Windows 10 and discuss what it all means for Windows Insiders an...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 307 #OTP
March 31, 2019
Welcome to the Twitterless episode of the show. Yeah, it has happened again and I explain what I think caused this one and some changes I have planned when (if) the account is restored. Of course there was news around Windows Insider builds and solid i...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 306 #OTP
March 24, 2019
This week I am back in the home studio after spending a week in Redmond at the Microsoft campus for the annual MVP Summit. As always, it was a great week with lots of content, friends and learning. It was also a very busy week for Windows Insiders for ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 305 #OTP
March 16, 2019
This episode comes to you from Redmond and just a couple of miles from the Microsoft Campus as we get ready to start the annual MVP Summit. Unfortunately, the awesome summit experience begins on a sad note as we learn that one of our fellow MVP's was k...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 304 #OTP
March 10, 2019
We are still wiping the sleep out of our eyes after we lost an hour overnight thanks to Daylight Savings Time here across much of the United States. Among the news this week we learned that Windows 10 officially crossed the 800 million device threshold...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 303 #OTP
March 03, 2019
It was another busy week for Windows Insiders as we had a total of five builds for Windows 10 (19H1 and 20H1) see their way to Windows Insiders test machines. The end is closing in quickly for the upcoming April 2019 Update and we will discuss all of t...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 302 #OTP
February 24, 2019
This week was very busy for Windows Insiders as three different builds were released for testers. Two of the builds came from the Fast Ring for Windows 10 (19H1) and the other one was from the new Skip Ahead Ring for Windows 10 (20H1).
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 301 #OTP
February 17, 2019
After all the fun and commentary around Episode 300 last week, we get started with the next 300 shows this week and there is plenty to talk about. There are big changes happening in the Windows Insiders program as it relates to changes in Microsoft's a...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 300 #OTP
February 10, 2019
Milestone Reached! Technically it is 301 episodes but I explain why this is the one and true 300th episode in this episode. I decided to mark this 300th show by talking about how an episode of Observed Tech comes together.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 299 #OTP
February 03, 2019
It is Super Bowl Sunday here in the U.S. and I have a Super edition of Observed Tech for you because there was a lot of news this past week across a broad range of subjects. Windows Insiders received a new Fast Ring build for Windows 10 (19H1) and with...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 298 #OTP
January 28, 2019
It was a great time to be a Windows Insider this past week as there were client, server, and development releases for testers. The Windows 10 (19H1) Build 18323 release also marked a significant milestone in the seventh feature updates development cycl...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 297 #OTP
January 20, 2019
A busy week begins with news about the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 7 which is in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively. We had a new build in the Windows Insider program and it continues the trend over the last few builds of ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 296 #OTP
January 14, 2019
We begin this episode with a reminder that the Windows 7 End of Lifecycle Support clock is ticking and pointing out a Twitter account that you can follow to keep up with the countdown. We also had a new Windows Insider build to talk about along with a ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 295 #OTP
January 06, 2019
Welcome to the first episode of 2019! We get back at it this week catching up on the latest build released for Windows Insiders, a closer look at Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 19H1, and Cortana being quieter during the OOBE.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 294 #OTP
December 23, 2018
This is it - we have reached the end of 2018. A total of 40 episodes and nearly 23,000 listens along the way and this is our final episode of the year. We will be back in two weeks to kick of 2019 with Episode 295.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 293 #OTP
December 16, 2018
We kick this show off by talking about what was thought to be a privacy violation with Windows 10 and turned out to be inconsistent naming of data which is collected. Next up we touch base on the latest information coming out of Redmond around a potent...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 292 #OTP
December 09, 2018
Once again this week we have a massive piece of news to discuss when it comes to Windows 10 and this time it shakes out fairly positive despite a handful of detractors about the news. Although there was no new Windows Insider builds for Fast Ring this ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 291 #OTP
December 02, 2018
Great to be back behind the mike after some downtime and so we catch up on a lot of news both from this past week and a few items from the week before that are of note. Plenty happening in the Windows Insider world including a new build for testers and...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 290 #OTP
November 16, 2018
A very rare Friday edition of the show as I start some downtime but so much happened this past week that I needed to get behind the mike and talk about it with you all. Leading things off was my unexpected and still unexplained suspension from Twitter ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 289 #OTP
November 11, 2018
This week we kick off with the latest in the Windows Insider Program and I share some thoughts on the tweaks we are seeing and what it might mean for the direction of the 19H1 feature update. We are also another week without any updates about the re-re...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 288 #OTP
November 04, 2018
Once again we are talking about the still to happen re-release of the October 2018 Update. I shared my thoughts on the one thing that could make things much clearer for everyone involved. I also share where we are at with current releases in the Window...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 287 #OTP
October 28, 2018
We start off by talking about the latest build in the Windows 10 19H1 development branch and the stagnant status of the re-release process for the October 2018 Update. Currently that feature update is still being tested by Slow and Release Preview Ring...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 286 #OTP
October 21, 2018
We catch up on the Windows 10 19H1 development cycle as it begins in earnest plus we discuss the status of the delayed October 2018 Update. Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 landed in retail channels this week so that means a bevy of reviews are also ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 285 #OTP
October 14, 2018
In this show we catch up with the latest on the fixes and re-release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after its inauspicious start a couple of weeks ago. Plus we discuss some of the latest takes about the Windows Insiders Program,
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 284 #OTP
October 07, 2018
We were supposed to be kicking this show off with all the details around the launch of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update along with the news from the Microsoft hardware/software event held in New York City this past week.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 283 #OTP
September 30, 2018
Last week was crazy busy in Orlando, Florida as Microsoft hosted 30,000 IT Professionals, managers, and executives for their massive annual tech conference - Microsoft Ignite. The sheer amount of news was enough for the companies marketing arm to creat...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 282 #OTP
September 17, 2018
This week I share some insight about how straight forward an Xbox One console reset is when you need to get back to basics and then discuss the fact that Microsoft is not starting a new monthly charge for all Windows users despite some stories which wa...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 281 #OTP
September 09, 2018
This week I begin with some tech troubles as I hit the 10 device limit while setting up a new device for my stable of test machines. I also share the news that this podcast is now listed at iHeartRadio so listeners can get access through that platform....
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 280 #OTP
September 02, 2018
It is official! The Windows 10 Redstone 5 feature update, the sixth feature update for the operating system, will be called the October 2018 Update. This is right in track with the new naming scheme they began tis past Spring with the April 2018 Update...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 279 #OTP
August 26, 2018
This week's show begins with a stroll down memory lane to about 23 years ago when Windows 95 was released to the public. It corresponds with the early beginnings of this very website and where I am today. Next we talk about Windows Insidering with new ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 278 #OTP
August 19, 2018
This week was busy for Windows Insiders with new client builds as we learned Skip Ahead for Windows 10 19H1 is now closed for new comers. In addition, one of the Fast Ring builds confirmed that Redstone 5 will be known officially as Windows 10 Version ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 277 #OTP
August 13, 2018
This week ended up being a solid Windows Insider week with the release of three builds for testers. We update the news around Surface Go which was released almost two weeks ago. A few more in depth reviews have been published but we are also noticing t...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 276 #OTP
August 05, 2018
Insidering picked up its pace with the release of not one but two fast ring builds for Windows Insiders. We also finally got to try out the Your Phone app that was announced for Windows 10 back at Build 2018.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 275 #OTP
July 29, 2018
We kick this weeks show off with a lot of Windows Insider news. Three new builds were made available for testers in the Fast Ring (Build 17723), Slow Ring (Build 17713.1002) and Skip Ahead received its first offering (Build 18204).
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 274 #OTP
July 22, 2018
This week I kick off the show by trying to explain my screaming lobster analogy from last week's episode about the changes in Windows 10 over the last three years. Hopefully, I helped and did not further muddy up the waters!
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 273 #OTP
July 15, 2018
In this week's show we discuss things like Microsoft's new Surface Go, Apple's hardware refresh and the associated price tag and the significant milestone that was reached today in the Windows 10 Redstone 5 development process.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 272 #OTP
July 08, 2018
In this show I talk about the upcoming three year anniversary of the release of Windows 10 and the journey to where we stand today with the operating system. There have certainly been both successes and hiccups along the way so I will cover the various...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 271 #OTP
July 01, 2018
This week I begin with some news about an Xbox Game Pass giveaway and then dive into all the juicy news including heavy duty Andromeda hardware rumors/leaks, the latest feature to be dropped from RS5, and the fast pace which the April 2018 Update is la...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 270 #OTP
June 24, 2018
In this week's show I don't have a tech challenge to share but there is still plenty of news and headlines to dissect from this past week. I start off by catching up on the latest for the Windows Insider Program including the status of this past weeks ...
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 269 #OTP
June 17, 2018
In this episode I share my latest tech challenge between me, a Wi-Fi network password, and an Amazon Echo. I won but it was a unique fix that i did not expect to be an issue. I then show you how to save some serious money on Xbox's Game Pass,
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 268 #OTP
June 11, 2018
Welcome to Episode 268 of Observed Tech. This is a Sunday evening episode of the show because I held off on recording until after Microsoft's Big Xbox E3 Briefing that was held this afternoon from California on the eve of E3.
Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 267 #OTP
June 03, 2018
In this weeks show I share my recent experience at switching wireless carriers for the first time after 15 years with ATT as I moved to T-Mobile for a deal that was just too good to pass up. Microsoft hit a couple of significant milestones this week as...