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Radio Reg To lose one business president might be regarded as a misfortune, but to lose two plus your chief software architect looks like rats jumping the ship.

Or does it?

Microsoft chief vision man Ray Ozzie is retiring from Microsoft after just five years. Ozzie was a big hire in 2005, and a year later, he was billed as the new Bill Gates. His resignation follows that of information and devices president Robbie Bach this summer, and it comes just weeks after Office and business applications president Stephen Elop exited Microsoft to become Nokia chief.

Is this the last days of Microsoft, or is a radical piece of house cleaning by CEO Steve Ballmer? In this edition of MicroBite, Reg software editor Gavin Clarke and All-About-Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley ask who might have jumped and who could have been pushed.

Also: Microsoft and carriers orchestrated an international launch this month for Windows Phone 7, but there's still so many unknowns on price, features, and architecture. Also, it's still unclear when many of the promised handsets will actually appear on major networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. Is it too little too late for Microsoft on mobile and Windows Phone 7?

And, lastly: Will Microsoft buy Adobe as Wall St and the New York Times seemed to think, or will the pair simply team up to mess with Steve Jobs' head on tablets and phones?

You can listen using the Reg media player below, or by downloading the MP3 here or Ogg Vorbis here. ®

Microbite October 2010

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