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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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RE: wow
By Netscorer on 1/29/2013 12:44:55 PM , Rating: 3
Not only that, but 10 inch screen is unusable for legacy UI. Windows 8 simply does not scale screen any better then Windows 7 and Windows 7 sucked in that department.
It does not matter if you have 20/20 vision, the 1080P screen combined with default Windows fonts would mean you would need a magnifying glass to read text in legacy UI and would not be able to hit any button without a digitizer.

RE: wow
By Mint on 1/29/2013 2:53:37 PM , Rating: 1
Well then it's a good thing that it does come with a digitizer!

Seriously though, just because you can't use a 10.6" high res screen doesn't mean everyone can't. It's not that hard to use a mouse on it, and a lot of people want high res in a subnotebook, DPI issues be damned. You probably don't like the 11.6" form factor either.

Fitting a lot of power and information into a small package is the whole raison d'etre for ultralights.

RE: wow
By Netscorer on 1/29/2013 4:11:39 PM , Rating: 3
Digitizer is OK to navigate legacy UI (not counting right click actions), it won't make it any easier to read though. And mouse?!? We are still talking about tablet, aren't we? Mouse assumes you have a desk and 30" eye clearance to device set up on the desk. With 10" display you have to have an eagle-like eyesight to comfortably work with Surface Pro in this setup.

RE: wow
By Netscorer on 1/29/2013 4:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
11.6" is OK. I've tried Samsung Smart PC with this screen size and though it's not perfect, legacy UI can be dealt with. But, of course, it comes with only 720P resolution screen, not 1080P.
With ultrabooks, I've found that for 1080P displays you need at the very minimum, a 13" screen to work comfortably. Again, we are talking about legacy UI like Lightroom or Eclipse which have many widgets sprayed around the screen. If you just want to browse Chrome or Firefox, fonts are not an issue.

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