My kids have been taking a Microsoft YouthSpark class. During the class, parents must stay in the store. Sometimes we get a presentation from Microsoft staff, and sometimes we play on the machines by ourselves... The result is that I got to spend a lot of quality time with the Surface and Win8. For a brief history, I am currently enjoying an HP TM2T TouchSmart Windows Tablet PC running Win7. OneNote has been an important tool in organizing my "job" as a stay at home dad. I have also been torn between the Surface and the iPad. When Surface first came out, I spent a lot of time and Apple and Microsoft stores trying to weigh pros and cons for what I wanted to do. Despite many wonderful features, I ended up getting the iPad. Pros for the iPad include, being able to integrate into our existing iPhone/iCloud "ecosystem", and a better battery life. But I dearly miss the pen and the ability to run a more full featured OneNote program. After several months experience with the iPad and now several weeks playing with the in-store demos, I have some questions... 1. Has anyone been able to connect Microsoft Outlook 2013 into iCloud for the purposes of updating / sharing calendaring information? I have learned via my in-store experience that the advertised / displayed "Calendar live tile" only operates on the built in calendaring program. I would be maintaining my calendar via Outlook. One benefit to the Apple is the speed / simplicity of being able to press the "iCal" app icon and immediately get into your calendar. The "outlook" live tile simply starts the desktop and runs outlook 2. Is there anyway to get the live tile to display outlook calendaring information? 3. Is there a quick way to get get Surface / Outlook / Win8 to quickly display a "Today view"? 4. Is there a consolidated notification center to see what apps / appointment have issued an alert / notification? Thanks!