I recently tried a Surface Pro for a few minutes, and I was tentatively impressed. I expected it to be clunkier or buggy, but it actually ran relatively well. The only surveillance app it had installed on it was Genetec's Security Desk, which ran without issue with multiple 720p/1080p cameras running. There was slight choppiness when it was pulling a full 1080p stream in fullscreen, but that was all I saw. As far as general use, I thought its handwriting support was nice, and worked more smoothly than some others I've tried. Everything else was like being at a Windows PC.
So it made me curious, has anyone followed these devices, have any plans to deploy them, either end users or installers?
I could see it having potential as an install tool, since you can access the full web interface or client software, including ActiveX. Of course, two major drawbacks: no Ethernet (would need to use a USB adapter), and no power out (so you'd need a PointSource or similar).
And I think many IT departments would rather support Windows than iOS/Android for mobile security forces, so there's that.
Of course, it is Windows 8, which seems to be exceedingly unpopular around here, so that might rule it out for some.