UW student Nastassya West in the KIRO Radio studios with her Chromebook and her dad, Brenden West.

We have lots to talk about on the GeekWire radio show this week, starting with Facebook’s surprising acquisition of Oculus, the virtual-reality technology company, for a whopping $2 billion. What does Mark Zuckerberg have in mind here? Facebook’s long-term relevance, for starters.

From there we delve into one of the more intriguing stories of the week — a lawsuit by two of Redfin’s very early employees that has the potential, at least, to complicate the real estate company’s widely anticipated IPO this year or next.

Then, we go inside the world of the Google Chromebook, and explore the trend toward low-cost web-based computers. We talk with University of Washington junior Nastassya West, who has been using a $199 Acer C720 and vastly prefers the machine to her Windows 7 notebook. Also joining us is her dad, Brenden West, a mobile app developer here in the Seattle region.

And we conclude with a discussion of the release of Office for iPad. We’re joined on the phone by Matt Rosoff, a longtime industry analyst and reporter who is editorial director for the news site CiteWorld based in San Francisco. We talk about the apps, why they took so long to get here, and what they say about new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s long-term plans for the company.

Listen to the show via the audio player below or this MP3 file.

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  • Mike

    I was researching which Chromebook to get. After listening to this show, I ended up ordering the Acer c720 rather than spend another $100 for the touch version or a 14″ HP. I have found myself using Google’s apps more often than many native software programs on my MacBook Pro, while at home. If I can find a Chrome app IDE I like that can tap directly into my Google Drive account, I may just not need much else. I have not personally or professionally used Windows for over 7 years now. I have Win7 in my VM to test IE8 and 9, that’s it.

    I honestly hope Microsoft can turn themselves around. They employ a ton of people in the area. Sadly they’ve lost their mojo and companies like Amazon and Microsoft have taken over where Microsoft should have been strong still. I’m looking forward to hearing what IBM has in store. They are the sleeping giant nobody is paying much attention to lately.

    • Mike

      Amazon and Google

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