"Windows RT devices are too expensive"
Maybe that's true. I thought £699 was OK for a Yoga 11, so I bought it.
"The software stinks - True again"
Really? I find plenty of good apps and it all just works for me.
"Active tiles - Arrrg. Flip, Flip, Flash Flash. All turned off except weather and news. Can't lock tiles in place, move one in a group and you never know what it's going to move."
I assume you're not very clueful then, you choose exactly where a tile goes, and it is entirely consistent with what happens. Hasn't caused me any pain yet. the Live tiles is one of the things I like the most - at home - where I have the usual mix of "social" stuff, and news etc etc. At work it's less useful, since 99% of my work uses normal apps. But it's nice having one way to find stuff.
"Desktop - Office, it's better then the Office apps for Android, but the one time I tried to do work on it excel kept crashing but the same file worked fine on my desktop with Office 7, and I ended up plugging in a mouse."
You have updated to the final release and not the beta right?
"First I had to add an entry in the HOSTS file (using notepad)"
Presumably because you've not setup your network and/or printer properly then.
"but I didn't have rights to edit it (even though you get an admin account by default) so I had to take ownership of the file, give my self rights."
Or you could have just run notepad with elevated rights, y'know like the system requires to get enhanced privileges. You made that hard work for yourself.
"Now a manual printer install, pick a "close enough" printer since I can't download a driver, and I'm done. But non of this is a touch interface, you need that keyboard with touch pad, or even a real mouse."
That's right, because you're doing stuff the wrong way.
"This OS is Frankenstein in a dress. VPN only supports basic stuff, can't connect to the SSL vpn at work, Cisco say that they don't have enough access to make their VPN work."
Well maybe you need a better vendor then. Because other people are making things work.
"3. Microsoft is competing with itself - I don't really see that as the problem. They should not have called it Windows (even more so for Phone). It's not Windows XBox 360, so why Windows Phone?"
"5. Windows RT is too closed - They want to be Apple. Worse, the desktop is there, but you can't add anything."
...and the benefit of the "closed" system is less junk and less stuff to break and such. Apple don't *just* do it to make money.
"6. Hardware OEMs haven't bought in. They know it's mostly dead."
*looks at Lenovo* etc etc
"7. Microsoft's marketing sucks - They are trying to be Apple again. But people know what an iPod is already... Window RT? WTF is that?"
...and at last we agree. Microsoft's marketing is really crap. As is/was Nokia's. For example, the Nokia N97 (which was an awful phone, but I digress) had an advert that never really told you what the benefit was. Apple went "oi mush you can do THIS" and people went and bought it. People often think it's the ONLY device that can do this (actually it's often the worst/last device, but the marketing still wins them).
"Charging - No USB charging. You can only charge with the Brick, and a second brick will cost you $40. Every other tablet I've used supported USB charging (might be slow but it worked). And it seems to suck quite a bit of power in standby too."
I can't speak for the Surface, but I would imagine it would take so long to meaningfully charge a device of this class it wasn't included because it is stupid.
"Video Out - It's standard micro HDMI (good) but they don't tell you and try to sell you a $40 adaptor when a $5 cable works fine."
you've never shopped at a PC world have you... :-)