bookmonkey786 wrote:I'm sold on the the hardware, its the software that I'm hesitant about.
With good reason. I have a Surface RT and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't fully aware of what Windows RT entails. That said, it isn't without its charms (oh god, MS has turned that into a pun).
It's not a full OS; it's a tablet OS, first and foremost. You have to play the app store game if you want new software. You don't see Android or iOS making their way to your home desktop as a primary OS, so it should be no surprise that Windows RT shouldn't be there, either. It is a supplement to a full Windows 8 computer. You can't run Steam or your bevvy of .exe files, but neither can an iPad or Nexus.
Where Windows RT excels (damn it, sorry; last one, I swear) is its integration with its desktop platform. The UI is the same. The underlying OS layer is the same. If you have apps purchased from the Windows Store, they are the same. For the first time, you can natively run the same app on your tablet or your laptop/desktop, so long as it supports ARM (a significant portion in the Windows Store do); not even iOS and the Mac App Store can boast that. You get native NTFS support and cloud storage support (SkyDrive or whatever it becomes) integrated into core apps.
It comes with Office 2013 (Outlook is coming with 8.1, also free). Aside from lacking macro support, it's mostly indistinguishable from its x86/x64 counterpart. The idea is that you can work at home, then hit the road with your tablet, using your SkyDrive and app of choice to pick up right where you left off, while still maintaining the battery life, connected standby, and portability afforded by a tablet (Haswell has 2/3 with connected standby in the pipeline).
So, if you don't like taking work with you; if you don't have a Windows 8 machine at home; if you don't care at all about MS Office; if you don't have the need for a tablet; or if you don't feel that the price difference between a Windows RT tablet and a Windows 8 tablet/laptop is worth the compromise, skip it. Otherwise, Windows RT is a rather effective supplement to your desktop experience.