Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:07 UTC
Windows Interesting little tidbit from the Reddit AMA session with Microsoft's Surface team. One Redditor wondered just how much disk space Windows RT takes up - in other words, if you buy the 32GB Surface RT tablet, how much space is left for your stuff? It turns out that while Windows 8 RT is considerably smaller than its Windows 7 x86 predecessor, it's still huge by mobile standards.
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Good reasons or bad excuses?
by jared_wilkes on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:44 UTC
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"There's some good reasons why it's larger, though."

Well, no, they aren't good reasons. (And you state so yourself in the case of the former.) These are excuses. (In the case of the former "reason," we are too slow, confused, and/or lazy to actually have developed software targeted for this platform yet so we did a hack job -- will you please develop a native app for our platform, we'll pay you?) As to the later excuse, I find it rather disingenuous at best. Are you claiming there are 11GBs of drivers? No, of course not. While Windows 7 has done a better job of including a core set of generic drivers, how often do each of us find that many, many device drivers still need to be installed? So, really, one only needs to ask how much space do included drivers take up on Windows 7 now? (My guess: less than 1GB; certainly far, far, far less than 10GB.) And then one could continue to ask how likely is it the majority of these drivers are going to be needed? (Don't need to include additional modem, ethernet, wifi, bluetooth, hard or optical drivers beyond what either Microsoft or an OEM is installing, etc... You will essentially only need drivers for anything that may interface via usb or wireless -- printers, input devices, etc.) So are we talking about unnecessary bloat -- even when additional drivers are very likely to be a very small percentage of this 12GB?

Edited 2012-10-19 20:49 UTC

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