I've only played with a Surface RT at the MS Store. Really impressive, and I'm really jealous of my friends who work at MS in Redmond who got Surfaces. If I had the disposable cash, I think I'd be more inclined to get a Pro. I still use enough desktop-based apps for it to be worth it, plus I'd love to use it for development (my existing laptop can't run Hyper-V and so I'm pretty crippled with regards to developing my million-dollar-idea Phone 8 app). The only thing that I'd be concerned with is the battery. I assume the Pro is going to have a shorter battery life than the RT, just considering its broader capabilities, but I haven't seen any definitive reviews yet.
But, it's hard to justify the cash for a new machine either way right now.
The switch to Skype has me a little concerned, to be honest. The desktop clients ("Metro" and desktop) are fine, if a little peculiar (my former Messenger friends still show up with a "1:" or "2:" prefix). But what will happen to devices where Messenger was integrated? I'm thinking of my Windows Phone and my Xbox. Will they survive the transition just as seamlessly? (There's a Skype app for WP and I think one for Xbox, but they're not yet integrated into the standard "messaging" section for either one's OS.)
I don't have Windows Store templates available (VS 2012 on Win 7). (Our system administrators install software on our machines; it's *possible* they excluded this from the installation, if it's an option; although I'm not sure they *would* exclude something that specific.) Is there somewhere I can get them? Or do I have to be running Windows 8?
Does it count as a view if I download the MP4 file and view it there rather than viewing it in the embedded window above?
I'd much rather freeze to death than burn to death. Burning sounds too painful. (Yeah, freezing is probably not too comfortable, either.) But I'm not in any hurry to try either one.
Personally, I don't care to use marijuana, but let the government tax it and make some money off of it. Better than spending a ton of money unsuccessfully fighting it, and it's arguably no worse than cigarettes or alcohol.
The requirement on SLAT is hyper-annoying. Although my laptop will run VirtualBox and run full operating systems in there (and VirtualPC when I was running Windows 7 on the same hardware), I cannot, for instance, do Windows Phone 8 development, as the phone emulator depends on Hyper-V and my BIOS apparently does not support SLAT. (And yet, when I was running Win7, Visual Studio had no problem letting me run the Windows Phone 7 emulator on the same hardware.)
True, if and when I get to the point that I want to actually deploy an app, testing on a real device would be a requirement. But first, I want to be able to try it out, dip my toe in the water, before I commit. Having to buy a new computer or a development license for my new phone is a big barrier to just see if I can do it. I've never done XAML or Silverlight (except to follow walkthroughs that just say "do this, now change this tag to read this" where I don't feel like I've learned anything), so in many ways I feel like I'm starting from scratch. Saying I have to go out and buy new hardware if I want to try it out just doesn't work for me.