Chas from iradan.com gives some thoughts on the cloud-based IDE and Xpress board from Microchip:
The board has a small programmer on board, removing your need for a PICKit programmer. The programmer is a 18LF15K50 … the onboard application device is a brand new 16F18855. The board comes with a break out of all pins and the MikroBUS standard for modules.
The online application allows you to bypass the need for MPLAB IDE and XC8 compiler installations on your local PC in trade for using a web brower on your favorite device. They mentioned it works on most common browser platforms on Windows, Mac, and Linux. They said it even works on android and iOS, … I’ll check it out on the android later.
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