The key components of low price point of Chromebook is because of cloud solution. There is no office application in the harddrive of Chromebook. Rather, users have to run the application in the cloud. Google seemingly is in upper hand.
MSOffice is extremely powerful. You can do a lot of mathematical analysis just using excel alone. In the old days, scientists have to write a program using either Fortran/ Pascal/ C. Life becomes easy with MSOffice. I haven't tried the cloud version of MSOffice - Office 365. I can't comment how good/bad it is compared to the "regular" version. Nonetheless, I think it would be as good as Google Spreadsheet, if not better. With this said, I believe Microsoft "whatever"book might get ahead of Chromebook.
But, wait a minute! If MS has Office 365 and is ready, why would they need developers to build more applications for the product? Given the size of harddrive is going to be small, more variety of applications may not do any good, would it? Last but not least, I thought Chromebook was created to counter the dominating position of Windows based notebook. Now, MS has to build something to counter the Chromebook?
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.