@wkempf:The Remote Desktop is surprisingly good, even on a low grade atom processor (or an RT device). Consider a chunky & cheap desktop machine for development via Remote Desktop - then set up the Win8 slate as your build target and maybe get the best of both worlds.
Yes, it's good and I like the touch pointer mode for precision moments, as mentioned earlier ... I intend on trying out the build target thing as soon as I work out things on the network here at the office ... also I have had a ton of trouble getting Mouse Without Borders to work, but if it DID work, I can control my PC which doesn't have a touch screen, with my Surface as well. Or I can use my phone and control my PC to get multitouch, as well.