Here is another annoyance. One of the best things about WIndows 8 is being able to bring up the Start menu and just start typing what you are looking for. Problem is, without a keyboard, on the Surface Pro you cannot just start typing. Instead, you have to swipe in from the right, pull up the charms bar, click on search, and then start typing. Rather cumbersome.
Also, there is no key on the surface that will bring up the Start Screen. You cannot touch in the lower left corner to bring up the Start Screen. Instead you have to swipe in the charms bar from the right and click on Start there.
Lots of things do look good. For example, while in Control Panel, even at 1920x1080 it looks incredibly nice.
But when I was at a command prompt, doing an ipconfig /all to get the MAC address of the device to add into my MAC address filter list on my router, it was a squint-fest to determine whether it was 58: or 5B: or 53:
Bill (and a few of his cohorts) appears to not have a Windows tablet PC, yet shouts out the virtues constantly and is quite prepared to rubbish the opinions of those who do have them and use them daily. How can you justify this if you don't own the product?
Well, I don't want to speak for anybody, but I think there is a belief that we are just 100% Microsoft naysayers and we aren't going to like a single thing. That is simply not true. I call things like I see them. Some things I really like, others not so much. But it's all based on how I use a computer.
For example, I love the Microsoft Ergo 4000 keyboards and I have 4 of the Intellimouse Trackball explorers. They are absolutely fantastic products. And I raved about Windows 7 since the first release I played with. I also see value in quite a number of Windows 8 things too (fast boots, iso mounting, hyper-v, better dual monitor support, embedded OEM license keys, etc).
I think the only one likely to be injured is yourself, as you trip over your tongue with all of these mistakes (to put it politely).
I've owned a BlackBerry Playbook, Ipad 2 and a Asus eee Slate. I currently own a Google Nexus 7 and a Microsoft Surface RT. So, I feel like I can comment with a little knowledge on the subject.
Ipad 2: the Ipad is a toy. My 5yo son loves his. I found that you can have fun with it, but it's not very useful as a tool.
BlackBerry Playbook: people deride this device, and but it's actually pretty slick. In terms of its UI, it runs rings around the Ipad. Of course it's app shortage was a fatal problem. It has one of the best tablet Web browsers.
Asus eee Slate: this was a killer device. I loved the thing. Windows 7 kind of ducked on it, but once I installed windows 8CP it was fantastic. Unfortunately it was terribly bulky and heavy. It also had a subpar graphics card.
Google Nexus 7: this is IMHO the best eReading device money can buy.
Microsoft Surface RT : easily the most powerful and enjoyable tablet I've ever used. It needs more apps, but there a still plenty available. My go to device. My Dell laptop sits on my desk, always on for remote desktop action.
Not everyone who likes windows 8/Surface is clueless about tablets and mobile computing.
Just because you can't see value in something doesn't mean others can't, some of the smartest people in the world at the time rubbished computers as being nothing more than a novelty and a toy, much the same rhetoric as you're using now, and yet here we are 40 years later arguing across the void of space through computers.
I'd just like to know why you've got such a bee in your bonnet over something as simple as this. Stick with Windows 7 until you can see some benefit in using Windows 8. Use Mint, use Ubuntu, it's a free country, pick something. Make your complaints and move on, we know how you feel about Windows 8.
Me, I like it and can see a way through the fog, and I'll keep using it.
I'll try not to lie through my teeth in future Ray.