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Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft's pre-installed apps take a big bite out of available storage

This isn't the first time that we've heard about space constraints in Microsoft's Surface tablets, and this likely won't be the last. Back in early November, we briefly touched on the fact that Surface RT has its available storage space seriously encroached by the operating system and pre-installed software. The 32GB version only has 16GB available to the user, while the 64GB version has 45GB available to the user.
For comparison, the 32GB and 64GB iPad/iPad mini have roughly 28.6GB and 57.2GB available respectively to the user.
We are now hearing reports that the upcoming Surface Pro takes an even bigger hit due to Windows 8 Pro and pre-installed apps from Microsoft. According to Hexus and Softpedia, the 128GB Surface Pro will only have 83GB of space available to the user. So the user is losing 45GB of storage space due to formatting/OS/pre-installed apps.
That's a big chunk of space robbed from the user on the 128GB version, but users who are thinking about the 64GB Surface Pro might want to think twice if it too is going to get hit with a 45GB punch to the gut. However, it should be noted that both the Surface RT and Surface Pro do features expandable storage via an SDXC slot; and the Surface Pro also features a USB 3.0 port.
For a refresher, the Surface Pro will be available in the U.S. and Canada starting on February 9 at $899 and $999 for the 64GB and 128GB models respectively.

Updated 1/29/2013 @ 2:16pm EST
The Verge reports that the 64GB Surface Pro will only have 23GB of available free space fresh out of the box. Microsoft also states that you will be able to get some of that free space back by "creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition."

Sources: Hexus, Softpedia, Microsoft

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Who Cares?
By Arsynic on 1/29/2013 11:18:01 AM , Rating: 3
This is for the enterprise. If there are any large work-related files, they should be stored on network storage anyways. Hard drive size is something I don't care about on a work machine. 80 GB is more than enough for most people's applications and My Docs.

RE: Who Cares?
By Netscorer on 1/29/2013 1:00:37 PM , Rating: 3
This is not for Enterprise. Enterprise exclusively uses legacy applications and legacy UI and good luck doing that on 10" 1080P screen even with Windows 8 scaling at max 150%.

RE: Who Cares?
By Arsynic on 1/29/2013 3:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
This is not for Enterprise. Enterprise exclusively uses legacy applications and legacy UI and good luck doing that on 10" 1080P screen even with Windows 8 scaling at max 150%.

This is for the enterprise for users that need ultra portable machines. These people include road-warrior executives, sales staff, field workers and medical staff who don't have to worry about legacy software applications.

Up to this point, these people were using iOS and Android tablets paired with presentation apps or slow, clunky netbooks. Surface Pro is aimed at these people.

RE: Who Cares?
By Netscorer on 1/29/2013 4:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
I've been to countless presentations and yet to see a single executive or salesrep who would use iPad for presentation. Mac pro - sure, Mac Air - sometimes (and carrying a whole bag of adapters along with it), Windows laptop - bunch of times. iPad is fleshed in meetings but always as personal device, never as something to share with group of people.

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