Stick around Teerex,
We need sensible observant commentators. Unfortunately, some leave because they can't be bothered wasting their breath.
Using Internet Explorer, you can go to Bing Weather, Outlook.com and others along with third party sites to see third party ads. Some concept. Complaining about adds within free apps that come preinstalled on an operating system that you bought is the very same as complaining about ads on websites that you browse in your free web browser built into the operating system you bought.Office 2013 should've been reimagined™ for touch from the get go. On the desktop, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook should've been at least ergonomically touchable. They are disastrous on Surface Pro.
Now it's too late, and it's a classic example of Microsoft divisions going each in its own direction.
And hate to break it to you, Office 2013 was rebuilt for touch... 1
Also, Office 2013 doesn't come preinstalled on the Surface Pro, it's on RT.
If you'd read what you quoted, you would have found out that I was writing about Surface Pro, and I mentioned Outlook (the application) which is not available on Surface RT at all. That touch rebuild of Office should be rebuilt again, because it doesn't work well or look right, especially on Surface Pro. Look it up, see Paul Thurott for example.
Surface Pro does include an one month trial subscription to Office 365 Home Premium, allow me to inform you.
Second, web apps are not the same thing as installed apps. They are not the same, period. Apples and oranges.
Third, Apple could afford not becoming polished and big quickly because they were first, they established the market. Microsoft is a latecomer and doesn't have that luxury.
Fourth, those applications you mentioned are not installed through the App store and Microsoft doesn't receive a cut. They cannot be used on ARM, but they could've been (and were) sold in the Store just as well if Windows 8 did not exist at all. What is the point of its existence then?
Fifth, four months are enough to show a general tendency, and it iz fizzly.
Finally, since you seem to insist on being condescending1, teaching me things I know and generally treating me like I'm some idiot you are divinely entitled to put in his place, without even properly reading my posts first, I see no point in continuing this dialogue with you.