Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:43 UTC
Windows A California man is suing Microsoft, alledging that his Surface tablet did not provide the advertised amount of disk space. The 32G device has 16G of space for users, as the operating system uses the other 16G. The 64G Surface leaves 45G free for users. The case will turn on whether Microsoft has clearly explained to customers how much free space the Surface leaves for their use outside of the OS. How much disk space does your OS consume?
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Morgan
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2005-06-29

I wouldn't call windows RT a mobile OS, it's a full Windows on a different CPU architecture.


Nonsense, even Microsoft doesn't claim it's a full desktop OS. Otherwise Windows 8 proper wouldn't exist at all and we'd just have RT for x86 and RT for ARM.

Besides, I can put Android x86 on my desktop PC, does that mean it's a desktop OS? In fact, I ran MeeGo for nearly a year on an x86 netbook, and it was more capable than the XP installation it replaced. It could compile and run full desktop GNU/Linux programs. Yet it is still considered a mobile OS. I think it should be based on how you use it; if it's on a desktop PC it's a desktop OS. If it's on a tablet or phone it's a mobile OS. If it's on a laptop it's entirely debatable. ;)

I have a Surface RT, I knew how much free space I would have when I got it because I read the damned website before I pressed the button to place my order.


That was pretty much my point with the 500GB/GiB hard drive example. I think we agree that an informed user will know what they are getting into. The problem is that many people don't read reviews or packaging, then they get the device home and find that their entire Law and Order 1080p Blu-Ray collection won't fit. They are the ones Microsoft should have planned ahead for, and either adjusted their packaging and advertisements or bumped up the base model's storage to compensate.

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Lion Member since:
2007-03-22

The free space comment wasn't meant as an argument against your point, just general commentary following from the article.

But I still think Windows RT is much more a desktop style OS than it is a mobile OS.
As far as I can tell it's not missing anything that is in Windows 8 so far as content that's actually on the disk. It's missing capabilities, sure, but then so is a corporate desktop with a bunch of restrictive policies applied, and that's how I see Windows RT: a full windows installation with some restrictions applied, and on a CPU architecture that's new for the platform, which limits application and driver availability

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