Microsoft has started shipping the cool Surface RT tablets this week with Surface Pro to follow in January. Naturally, a BI person would attempt BI in Excel only to find that BI and Power View (no Silverlight support) are not there as Kasper explains. It’s important to know that the RT version of Surface is limited to native Windows 8 applications only, it comes preinstalled with Office 2013, and you can’t install non-Windows 8 applications. If you are interested in BI or running non-Windows 8 apps, you need the Pro version. This means that you and I need to wait until January next year so no Surface for Christmas.