Pros Common Windows interface across platforms, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8. Office on Tablet. Physical keyboard. IE.
Cons Limited application availability, but this will be resolved in time
Summary While I am a Windows Phone user, I am not a blind follower of Microsoft. I do, however, feel they have done a good job of establishing a common foundation for Window 8, Windows Phone, and Windows RT that will be a long benefit to us, the users. The more I use the Surface, the less I use my main computer. For stuff I want to access that is not available via Win RT, I run Remote Desktop to access on my desktop system.
Pros Its light, fast and responsive. I don't use my computer as a toy so I'm not worried about downloading games and apps. I have it on a Dell XPS 10 with a keyboard dock and touch screen tablet and it is PERFECT !
Cons No cons for me.
Summary This is a great program. It's fun to use and I like that it is proprietary. Anything I install and download has already been pre screened by the Microsoft Store so I know that it's safe for my system. I feel confident using it and like the fact I don't have all the other background programs running. I have had NO problems with it and have not run into any limitations that affect me or my use of my tablet. I run Windows 8.1 on my desktops and they are great also and I am able to work back and forth between my laptops and desktops as well as with an Android Tablet and Java Cell phone and connections to Bluetooth devices as well as HD Televisions and sound systems. Well Done !
Pros Light weight, Small compact, Full keyboard, Microsoft Office built in ($120 Value), Easy to navigate and always quick to action. For web based work on the go it's a great value for the price.
Cons Not full Windows 8 but I save my work with Video and Photo Editing for my desktop with Full Windows 8.
Summary A Great Buy and Value for someone who wants something easy, compact, and good for the go. I would even recommend my Mom to get one.
Pros Better battery performance over Windows 8, apps aim to utilize the entire screen, gestures are clever, Office 2013 home & Student RT included for no additional cost, doesn't require the highest-end hardware to run consistently, real multi-tasking
Cons Performance quirks will puzzle you at times, app marketplace is still growing (but it's growing pretty steadily post-launch), desktop mode serves as both a sweet bonus and a bit of a confusing point at times
Summary There's a two-sided coin here when assessing Windows RT. On one side, it's everything a tablet has ever wanted to be. On the other, however, it's a bit confusing and breaks its game up by pushing you to the desktop when you were sitting in the modern user interface. But don't let that occasional bouncing of the UI push you away. Windows RT is actually a brilliant OS that has lots of promise. If you can enter the game with an open mind and understand you'll be an early adopter until probably holiday 2013, you'll have a great time. For a first-generation OS on mobiles, RT is quite impressive, offering a lot of things you wanted and needed in a tablet OS without having you shell out tons of extra cash via apps just to get a small taste of it. Case and point: Flash inclusion on IE10. While the browser needs to run a bit faster, Flash in standard. The only disclaimer is that not all Flash pages or videos work right away. In order to get some sites to work, you have to add them into what's called a "whitelist", where compatible pages are stored. It's all a bit complicated, but that's the gist of it. Office inclusion is HUGE. People have wanted this on a mobile device, and only Windows Phone and Windows RT offer it. Not only is it available, it doesn't cost anything extra. There's support for two apps running simultaneously. Most of all, there's the desktop. While I agree that I think it's time to cut ties with it, it serves good purpose for the time being. I can do the ol' click n drag with connected devices or join a Homegroup and wirelessly transfer movies, music, documents, photos... the like. All in all, Windows RT is a fantastic operating system. It definitely needs work, but evaluating it for what it is, a first generation attempt at the complete mobile OS package, Microsoft have largely done well. With updates or a second-gen OS, I think Microsoft will clean up a lot of the small struggles and hit a home run. But if you're worried about jumping in here, don't be. It's more functional and capable than any other mobile OS, and that's without 500k-600k apps to support it. Quite an impressive feat!