@1001001: I'm not sure that it's all wrong. There are a lot of goodness baked into Surface. Without having used one, I'm not sure how I would compare it to my iPad, Dell XPS, Macbook Air, or Latitude.
Pervasive async and flexible development options are the most attractive features, for me, of WinRT. The technological underpinnings are impressive, but like Betamax, the technological superior solution isn't always the one people purchase.
One of the biggest indiscretions, in my option, was naming the product Windows. There might be shared code between Windows 7 and WinRT, much like there exists common DNA between myself and a common ancestor of myself and a rodent. But it would be technically incorrect for me to refer to myself as a rodent, no matter what exceptional qualities we might share-- sharp teeth, for example.
If the product was good enough for people to buy it without a desktop escape hatch, then they would. But Microsoft clearly doesn't believe in the product strongly enough to offer it as a standalone offering. So, as a consumer-- not a developer, fayboy, or whatever-- I am left to wonder, if Microsoft doesn't fully believe in this thing, why should I?