Well I read both articles, and while I felt that Adam Hartung hit on some key points that Microsoft should heed, the Forbes article had some great thoughts on a more optimistic level that will hopefully ring true when Surface hits the shelves.
For mine, I like the look of Surface, and if ever I need a pad device it will likely be the one I purchase. And no, I'm not a MS fanboy. I do not like its offering of Win 8 with Metro as the default UI, well not on a desktop PC, at least, but on a tablet device with 'touch' it would likely be quite suitable.
Anyhow, I hope MS does well with Surface and its Win 8 phone. While they may not entirely compete with Apple's creations, I believe the entry of Surface and the Win 8 phone into the market will spur other developers to create better for less, thus creating competition that will be good for consumers.