Following Microsoft’s currently aggressive pricing on the Surface Tablet, particularly the Windows 8RT version, here are some pros and cons for this Operating system
Works with centrally supplied services ie N Drive, Collab shares, Email & Calendar (Credentials will need to be supplied)
Cut down version of Office is ideal for tablet style usage, ie meeting notes etc.
Ease of use
Need for a Microsoft account to easily enable services.
Not full version of Office
Not a laptop (does not connect to the computer domain)
NetworkConnect element of the VPN does not work with Windows 8RT, although the other part of VPN does work.
Eduroam: Surface 8RT connections are unstable and prompts for credentials as you move between Access Points
To share the Surface RT with colleagues, individual accounts need to be set up. University logins cannot be used for this purpose.
If you need a tablet with full blown Windows 8 functionality, then we suggest the Surface Pro or one of the many other devices that are available, including products by Asus, Dell, HP etc. It may also prove more economical to look at a laptop instead.
A Surface tablet running Windows 8RT is a viable and cheap alternative to the iPad, but it does require some set up and the design was really for home users.