RT doesn't even have capabilities to join a domain. Not sure how RT is "one OS" vs Windows 8, given the vast differences between them.
iOS and OS X are not "one OS" either, even though the lower levels are very similar.
Windows RT is still based on windows 8 so 'One OS' concept to maintain and manage for IT would apply compare to other OSs. You are correct that domain join capability is unavailable but still comes pre-installed with office apps which should be good for staying productive when mobile.
...although it appears Apple may soon significantly merge the two (how I don't know, but that's a MacRumor or something) - if I recall, there's even a chance the iPad Mini might sport it. Sounds like a gesture to the "one-platform" fanboys...with all the attendant risks, to me: Saddle a burgeoning new technology with old tech (remember DOS-crippled Wordperfect for Windows, anyone?)
I hope people don't forget that "business use" doesn't just apply to large enterprises with immense IT departments. Small business users who don't usually need the ability to join domains are a plenty. I've been testing the Surface RT for my small business the last two days and I think it's significantly better in terms of office productivity. It's still early, but it's pretty safe to say I will be replacing the iPads with RT devices.
Of course having the capability down the road wouldn't hurt, don't know when our needs might change.
Good for you! You've tested it and it meets your needs. I have a small business that serves Fortune 500 companies and medical companies (including Silicon Valley) who've all gone iPad, and are unlikely to go backwards to Windows. A diehard anti-Mac guy until the iPad, I finally gave up on Windows and went Mac for our laptops at the end of 2010, so we aren't going back, either. Will likely buy a new iMac for my personal desktop and sell my MacBook Pro and Dell Pro monitor, since my iPad 3/Zaggfolio keyboard running LogMeIn Ignition and a pack of great apps does most of what I carried a laptop for...
While Apple has certainly positioned themselves well these past few years, I see this new platform being very compelling for businesses. The Suface is just scratching the... surface... of future Windows tablets. There will be a wide range of form factors and more importantly price points from which to choose from. The ability to easily and cheaply extend the functionality of the tablet makes it very compelling for me. We have 10 sales people, they can probably all be equipped with new RT tablets in under $4000. The tablets would be great to take to clients, and while at the home office they can just plug in any USB component they need. Excel docs, Powerpoint, PDF all opening without compatibility issues (the reason they all still carry laptops). It's a pretty typical scenario, one where Win RT tablets can really make inroads.
Suppose Campbell Soup decided to introduce a new microwave oven. You grew up on Campbell Soup. You love Campbell Soup. You wouldn't be caught dead with Progresso or any of those foo-foo brands. The fact that Campbell has never made an electronic device doesn't faze you.
So you rush to your purchasing manager with a PO for a Campbell microwave oven, based on a press release. No, a PO for 10,000, one for every corporate lunchroom in your global corporation. You've never seen one. In fact, the media at the Campbell press conference wasn't allowed to play with one. When asked for data on it, you promise to get it as soon as Campbell releases it.
To what address do you want your termination check sent?
I am not sure what you are getting at. First, Microsoft has made hardware before. Seen the big Surface tables? That is even touch screen.
Also one can go down to a Microsoft Store or Kiosk in the mall. (which my city has) and actually get your hands on a demo surface tablet.
You can bet your $2000 on a Surface Pro, if and when it arrives. THEN and only then will we see if Windows 8 works as a touchscreen machine with legacy WIndows programs. I was toying with the idea of buying a Windows 8 upgrade for my Windows 7 Ultimate Lenovo...but $100 for the 'Home" OEM version? I'll wait for Service Pack 4 on Windows 8...then it might be worth the risk. Bet a lot of IT guys get the same response from their management about "fixing something (Windows 7) that isn't broken."
You're entitled to your opinion, but you seem to have an agenda against Win 8. Since you're in the Surface RT discussion page and not actually talking about the device, what's the point?'
I doubt the Pro will even exceed $1500, considering it's only an i5 core device.