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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 Reclaimer77 on 1/29/2013 6:58:33 PM , Rating: 0
quote:
You've argued that OS X has iOS style application installation restrictions


Yeah that's bullshit. I called OS X a 'walled garden', sure, so have others. I never implied app restrictions.

And that's as far as I got. Your post is WAY too long to give a shit about, and is just more Tony/Takin biased crap as usual.

quote:
That said, I can only conclude that Justin Beiber represents the height of quality for you. After all, he is the most popular singer in the world right now, clearly making him "the best".


Nobody would call him a "singer". Pretty sure Adelle is the most popular "singer" right now. And last time I checked she's pretty damn talented and "quality" :) Ohhh burn! :P


RE: wow
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 7:35:43 PM , Rating: 3
Liar: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=23677...

Me:
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How is OS X a walled garden? You can buy and install applications straight from any developer. You can install applications from third party storefronts like Steam. You can easily run other operating systems in a VM. If you're so inclined you get loads of low-level OS control via the command line.


You:
quote:
If everyone was still locked away in the OSX walled garden, I think iMac sales would be quite different.

...

The Mac App Store uses the exact same walled garden platform as the iOS one Takin, and you know this. What are you trying to pull here? Not just anyone can write apps for OSX and sell them, as is the case with Windows.


And yes, I actually bookmarked this because it made me laugh. Sue me.

You talked about app restrictions in support of your theory that OS X is a walled garden, end of story.

Anyone can write and install applications on OS X. You can directly download them from developer websites, install via digital storefronts like Steam, and you can install them from DVD if you're still living in the stone age. You can even download and install via Unix Terminal command line if you're so inclined, as you can with Linux.

It is the opposite of a walled garden. Again, your lack of even the most basic technical knowledge is astounding.


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