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Radio Reg From the GUI to the iPad, Microsoft has been in a race to copy and catch up with Apple. On the internet, Microsoft's love of the desktop helped Google surge ahead in search and ads, leaving Microsoft to struggle uphill with Bing.

So, we wonder, is there a silver lining for Microsoft in the interruptions in leadership at the top of two of the company's toughest competitors?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who gave us iPlayers, iPhones, and iPads, has taken his second medical leave of absence, and there's no idea when he'll return. And Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been bumped aside after 10 years, by founding CEO Larry Page at a company trying to uncork its youthful mojo.

Is this a prime opportunity for Windows 8 on ARM to give Microsoft's flagship OS a fresh lease of life? Can Microsoft finally offer a mass-market Windows alternative to Apple’s iPad?

Reg software editor Gavin Clarke and All-About-Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley reckon things might be looking up for Microsoft - if Steve Ballmer wasn't running even more of the company, following the latest management departures.

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