Windows 8 is fantastic!
The Surface Pro still isn't available in my country, but three weeks ago, my wife and I visited San Diego just before boarding a cruise ship through the Panama Canal.
I couldn't help it - I knew there was a (rather new, I guess) Microsoft store in a mall over there. We visited the mall and I "tasted" the Surface Pro. I decided to buy one (128GB solid state memory) right away, although I was aware of the risk. Microsoft Benelux will probably not honour the warranty. (I'm not really ashamed to admit we chose the extensive visit to the mall before the San Diego Zoo - although we've also been in the Balboa Park.)
I'm happy to say that it worked fine and indeed, I had to learn both, the Surface and its touch-screen as well as Windows 8 and its Metro UI.
AND I didn't have easy internet connectivity next to it (slow and expensive anyway).
I can only say: it works like a charm. Window users will not experience to much of a problem (after a short panicky period ). I remember Sam writing here that you need to find out how to access the Control Panel: well I can say it's extremely easy. First, there is something called the "Charms" coming up if you swipe from the right: it contains the Control Panel. Second: there's an easy list of programs (now called "apps", huh, huh) to choose from:
(part of the "apps" list).
Third, you can pin it to the Start-screen (which is the Metro screen) and use it even more readily:
Starting other programs is almost as easy, and I have been able to install several programs I want to have on this tablet (including Photoshop 6!) without any problem at all.
My wife Josephine is a Nook addict - it's really very handy to be able to take say 115 books with you on a vacation if they are inside an e-reader - and I was pleasantly surprised to find an easy Nook-connection (Microsoft must be working with Barnes and Noble together for this functionality), so I immediately had 118 books to read also! Of which I've made great use.
I also bought the new Office 365 version with this Surface Pro, and I have been able to handle my e-mail quite well - only to be hindered by the lack of speed (and the cost of the internet minutes) while on the ship!
(My wife now wants a Surface Pro as well!!)