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Microsoft's year in review: Hits, misses, and maybes

Don't mention the iPad. Or Ray Ozzie

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Radio Reg This year saw Microsoft return to mobile with Windows Phone 7, deliver its answer to Google Apps, and silence web skeptics with an HTML5-compliant IE9 beta.

Yet Microsoft failed to answer Apple on tablets and lost the presidents of its Office and entertainment and devices divisions along with Ray Ozzie, the man handpicked by none other than Bill Gates to become Microsoft's next chief software architect.

Microsoft also placed all its internet chips on HTML5 while slowly backing off Silverlight, which it's been championing for three years as its cross-platform runtime for applications and media on the web.

Was 2010 a turnaround year for Microsoft as some are suggesting? Or more of the same?

Join Reg software editor Gavin Clarke and All-About-Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley as they compare their lists of hits, misses, and maybes for Microsoft in 2010 and look at what they mean for the software giant in the coming 12 months.

We talk Windows 8, Silverlight 5, IE9, and more.

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

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