While the iPad has certain ecosystem advantages over the recently-released Surface with Windows RT, Microsoft's entry does of course edge out the Apple device in some key areas as well. And one major advantage of the Surface over iPad is that it comes with a fully functional version of Microsoft Office.
You may have read otherwise. That the Office version included with Surface with Windows RT is in some way hobbled or limited, or available only for "non-commercial" use. None of this is strictly true: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, as this Office version is obtusely named, is the real thing, not some watered down mobile app such as the version Microsoft included with Windows Phone. It's roughly equivalent to the Office Home & Student 2013 version Microsoft will soon be selling for customers with traditional x86 versions of Windows. (With some differences noted above.)
Here's what you need to know about Office Home & Student 2013 RT.