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I have a daughter in the local school district.

They use Lenovo Chromebooks which are built like brick sh*thouses with proper full-travel keyboards and touchscreens.

Chromebooks work, and I am a big fan of them in education. I have a pretty good idea how hard our teachers work, and I'd hate to think of the Windows bullshit being imposed them, like it's imposed on me and my coworkers.

Chromebooks free up teachers and IT admins from Windows update administration, anti-virus software install and administration at the computer level, and from most other malware other than browser extension malware.

Google Docs is incredible and a huge step forward to the point that where possible, most of my own notes are accessible to me from anywhere I can get into my Google account.

For a child, this means they no longer have to schlep a laptop around. Just an account and a Chromebook or other thin client are needed.

I'm a big fan of Microsoft's recent changes, and generally a pretty heavy Windows user warts and all, but it's interesting that Microsoft have never been able to make say cross-machine sync'd folders work, despite pushing it for like 15 years, whereas DropBox has built a giant business from it.

Chrome book is indeed a real killer product, not just for schools but for average home users as well.

Microsoft used to have a Briefcase icon on desktops for offline file syncing. It used to work for those who used it effectively (it was under used of course). But yes, Dropbox went further than anyone else.

I remember Microsoft Briefcase. It was one of the new, exciting features you could only get with Windows 95!

Yes, woefully underused. But in those days networked storage was difficult to set up and removable media meant ZIP drives. Today we have The Cloud™, aka PFM that just works.

It was buggy as hell, I've known quite a few people who lost hours of work to it.

When I was a kid and first learning to use a computer, I thought the briefcase was just like a fancy folder where you should put your important stuff. So I put all my docs and bitmaps I drew in MSPaint and midi files of songs from movies and Dark Forces levels in there.

Months later, everything in there just... disappeared. Gone one day. For reasons that still aren't entirely clear to me. Never (mis)used it again, haha.

Aaaaand this is why non-tech people are terrified that their computers will bite them.

Yes I loved the convenience that the briefcase introduced.

OneDrive works, if one wants to use it. It just came too late.

I have an Office 365 Home subscription and OneDrive is a piece of shit.

The client is slow and unreliable, had problems with conflicts and the service doesn't do file versioning, thus your files being susceptible to ransomware or random mistakes.

I've been through too many OneDrive snafus to invest more effort into making it work or trusting it for anything. Failed syncs, never-ending syncs, and it has hosed up my OneNote notebooks such that I have a whole set of duplicate notebooks I have tried and failed to fix, which all say "This section isn't available yet. It was added from another device. You'll be able to use it when that device syncs. Section was last modified at (some date over 2 years ago)"

And I am a bona fide Microsoft fanboy former employee of 15 years!

Is the onenote data not available as XML?

Ok I guess it doesn't, sorry. I just guessed it would by virtue of Google, Dropbox, Owncloud & Seafile offering relatively stable services...

> most of my own notes are accessible to me from anywhere I can get into my Google account.

And inaccessible forever if you lose access or get banned from your Google account.

Office 365 can also be used in a browser so you get a similar experience. Our state university system switched a couple years back.

All of our documents and apps (Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive) are available in any browser.

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