Originally Posted by TheOtherGeoff
The contrarian view
Both the iPod and the iPhone were considered underwhelming at first. The iPad as a concept was considered a non-competitor, until the market searing price was announced.
I see surface as the iPhone. It will take a version 2 and a waft of apps to make it work, but it's on the same flight path. MS will pitch ever evolving integration with Windows... YOUR windows... YOUR CORPORATION's windows. AD, Outlook, Excel, Word. Your investment is safe.
I tried to find redeeming qualities of the Surface, I really did, however, they overlooked things which I would have expected MS to provide in order to make their product fit in better in Microsoft centered enterprises. If they even tried, they failed miserably. NO Outlook, NO AD, NO Remote Desktop. Also, MS tends to abandon their products, so I have no confidence that they have the fortitude to stick with this if sales are disappointing. Remember Kin, Windows Phone 7, Zune?
And from MS's Windows RT FAQ:
Some features aren't included in Windows RT:
- HomeGroup creation (you can join an existing HomeGroup but you can't create a new one)
- Remote Desktop
- Domain join
Although you can install apps directly from the Windows Store, you can't install apps on the desktop on Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Edition comes preinstalled2, which provides you with touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
You can only install printers, mice, keyboards, and other devices that are certified for Windows RT.
 HD Video Out also requires the HD Digital AV Adapter or VGA Adapter (each sold separately).
 Microsoft Home and Student 2013 RT Preview edition installed. Final Office Home & Student version will be installed via Windows Update when available (free download; ISP fees apply). Some features and programs unsupported. Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview and the final version are not for use in commercial, nonprofit, or revenue generating activities. Commercial license options available (sold separately). See http://office.com/officeRT.