ByronM - 4:25 pm on Oct 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
do you know will things like outlook / office run or will it just be some version of Surface only software that will run on it? also as you seem to be the all knowing ;o) will I be able to wireless link into other PCs in my home
Surface comes with Office Home & Student (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), Outlook isn't there by default but the built in Mail and Calendar can all use active sync to sync up with exchange and for this device, that makes a lot of sense... i'm not sure i'd want my 8gb PST sitting on there :) (all though these devices can be encrypted)
I haven't checked if there will be an outlook 2013 client for RT though.. good question there. Saw MS posted some commercial license upgrade details and they do allow the Office 2013 pro on multiple devices but not sure if that includes RT.. (would work fine on Surface Pro).
Surface does have built in Wifi and it can join homegroups and workgroups as a client - so you can consume shared content on your home network. It just can't join active directory and if you do use HomeGroup functionality I don't think it can export shares from the device itself. Now that i think of it, Surface / Windows 8 may be the first multi-user tablet out.
You can manage the Surface RT devices with an upcoming update to System Center 2012 or Windows Intune (cloud) services.. (if that is a concern..)
i personally can't wait to see how DLNA client access works and tie a surface into my media center / plex setup (or patiently wait for MKV support in a media player app.. or upgrade to pro device heh)