Ramon Ray on the Potential of Microsoft & Skype, and the Google Chromebook

Google Chromebook does not come out until June 15, but Ramon Ray test drove the new laptop for a month.

One month ago, Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.5 billion. Publisher of SmallBizTechnology.com Ramon Ray discussed the impact of this move with Brent Leary on Social CRM blog, as well as the overall first impressions of Google Chromebook. Listen here for the full interview:

Ray made three points on the Microsoft purchase, citing that the computer mogul has many great products, although some of them are more complicated to use over others.

Point 1: Microsoft has the money – they are not a little start up throwing money away that they don’t have.  I think with that in mind, there are a lot of things that they can do, that their competitors can’t.

Point 2: Skype has a huge brand.  It’s like Clorox – we really mean bleach, but we all say Clorox.  I think with that alone, people can just say Skype it and they are using Microsoft technology.

Point 3: Microsoft is pretty smart.  I would be interested to see how they can integrate this amongst their myriad of products and devices with presence, instant communication, etc.

Impressions of Google Chromebook:

Ray said that Google Chromebook has a potential for small business, but probably not in the near future.  So far, a lot of folks do not know about it.

“I think it has the potential to be one product of several that people could choose from now that Samsung and Acer are going to be launching these products,” Ray said on Monday.  “You have the tablet, you have the phone, you have a Chromebook.  So, is it going to be a game changer? No.”

Google Chromebook has many features that make it perfect for light computing. It has a six or seven hour battery life, longer than most other notebooks. It is only a web browser, so don’t expect to run Microsoft Office or video games on it. However it does have a built-in Verizon wireless broadband. The Chromebook is lightweight, and when you close the lid, the computer shuts off  Also, there is only one USB port.

“For me, it’s my iPad.  Meaning I’m all cloud based, as many of us are getting into. You can’t store things on the notebook itself,” Ray said. “I love Apple’s iPad, but I need a keyboard.  So Brent, for me, with this keyboard, now being on the cloud, light weight, still has Chrome apps, it works for me.’

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Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as Smallbiztechnology.com, American City & County, Ideabing.com, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.

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