Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2013 23:58 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has been absolutely pummeled in the press and in reader comments this week by pundits and customers alike. They feel cheated by the amount of free storage space available to them on the new line of Surface Pro devices. But is that criticism fair or even valid?" Spoiler alert: turns out, it isn't. Both devices have about the same free space available, and by creating a USB restore drive for Windows on the Surface, you can actually get a little more on the Surface Pro. Interestingly enough, Microsoft confirmed on Reddit that their original numbers - which caused the ruckus - were wrong, because they were based on pre-production hardware, with debug code and other additional stuff on it. Oh Microsoft.
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Of course, there's always taking advantage of the fact that they control the firmware, and making it grab from the internet...

Yeah, and that would have an additional advantage. They could force users to update when they reinstall, if they want to add some "feature." Apple already did this with new Macs. You can make a restore dvd or USB stick with the entire os image on it if you so desire, but by default the recovery partition is only 2 gb. It contains a minimal install, which then gets the rest from the internet. However, they surprisingly haven't yet begun to use this system to force updates on to a reinstalled machine, unless you have voluntarily updated the recovery partition image (not the easiest thing to do unless an official update for it was offered or you've installed a new major OS X release).

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