@DeathByVisualStudio: Your missing the point. The Surface itself doesn't need to outsell the iPad. It's not like Zune vs iPod. What it needs to do is raise the bar for Windows devices, so that the platform as a whole is seen as a viable competitor. The fact that Acer are clearly worried that they won't be able to produce high enough quality devices is a sign that it's making the impact it really needs to.
My bad. I forgot the only thing you have to do in life is die. You don't need to outsell the iPad. You're right.
The Zune was supposed to raise the bar for MP3 players using Microsoft DRM and selling Microsoft media services. That worked well.
WP7 (and mango after that, and Nokia after that -- you know "quality") was supposed to make Microsoft a viable competitor in the smartphone space. That worked well too. Now all hope in on WP8 -- the latest savior. -- Oh I mean "viable competitor".
I don't think it's me who is missing the point...