Yep. A portable hotspot is your best bet. There were some threads about one particular 3G dongle having signed drivers that would work with the Surface, but tbh a hotspot is going to be easier (and supported).
They'll be a Surface out with LTE built-in soon.
I'm still intrigued as to how a "touch" version of Office would work. Unless there's a very stripped down set of menus then getting to anything complex might be a chore.
If it is a lightweight version of Office, I'll stick with my Surface/keyboard/mouse combo for anything actually productivity...
It'll be slow.
If you can split the VM into an OS vdi and one or more data vdi's, stick the OS one on the SSD, the others on the SD and performance/usability might be bearable.
I'd not worry about trying to minimise read/writes to the SD.
I only use Sky/OneDrive for files and OneNote Notebooks (<20GB in total). All media is on an SD card. So I have the "Access all files offline" setting to On. Until I reboot when it resets itself to Off. And that's on several different Windows 8.1 devices. Something's very broken in...
That's a good point. I've not got Outlook 2010 so can't recall all the connectivity options it supports.
In which case Lorna could may have to set her PC Outlook to connect using IMAP. The section on IMAP at Outlook.com Mail Server Settings should help. IMAP is still smarter than POP/SMTP.
Problem is the Outlook on your PC. POP/SMTP connection has no smarts - it doesn't know/care if you read the mail/delete it on another device.
I would do the following:
- Make sure you've a good backup of your email data (including exporting Calendars, Contacts etc to a PST file - just in case...