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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RE[2]: Wait, what??
by Morgan on Fri 8th Feb 2013 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Wait, what??"
Morgan
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I was speaking strictly of the "64GB" Surface Pro specifically because it's such a big deal at that level. The 128GB version is basically no different from the MacBook Air's situation, and even though the lost space sucks there too, at least it's a useable amount left over and wasn't relevant to my point.

I do feel Microsoft and Apple should be more upfront with the actual available storage capacities on all their ultraportables. It's just galling that the customer is buying something labeled as 64GB and getting at best 30GB. If my Nexus S phone had come with ~7GB free out of the 16GB eMMC on board I would have passed.

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