I suspect this may go the way of the Windows 7 phones or the Microsoft Zune mp3 players and die very quickly.
I don't know about that. Ever since MS announced this, I have been checking out the mobile community for feedback. With the exception of Apple, the general buzz is very positive.
It has certainly got my attention, especially the Win 8 Pro version. The ability to run apps and programs on the machine alone got the raised eyebrow from me. For the very busy people who are always on the go and need to get some serious stuff done no matter where they may be have to be drooling over something like this.
Android speaking, when tablets starting coming out, I didn't get what all the hype was about. After all to me they are just bigger versions of the smartphones running the same apps. But the Surface changes all that. Now I see the reasoning for MS pushing so hard the Metro (I still hate it) UI in Win 8.
I my opinion, I think that if this takes off and becomes a hit, it could be the start of the 'post PC era'