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Microsoft admits only half of 32GB Surface RT storage is usable

Bloatware built in
Tue Nov 06 2012, 13:40
Microsoft Surface with Touch Cover

TABLET NEWCOMER Microsoft has disappointed Surface RT users by admitting that the 32GB tablet has only 16GB of available storage.

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is the firm's big hope in the rapidly growing tablet market, and while the device has garnered generally positive reviews, the firm has revealed its first big disappointment. Microsoft disclosed that buyers of the 32GB Surface RT can use only 16GB for storage, while 64GB Surface RT customers have 46GB of storage.

According to Microsoft the 50 percent discrepancy in usable storage on the 32GB Surface RT is due to the Windows RT operating system, built-in applications and Windows recovery requirements. The company broke down the figures, showing that the Windows RT operating system, Microsoft Office suite and built-in applications consume 8GB, while 5GB is taken up by Windows recovery.

Microsoft's 32GB storage figure is based on the falsehood that 1,000MB equals 1GB, but in truth there is only 29GB of actual storage space, with a further 13GB used by the operating system and applications.

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet isn't the only device to offer less storage space than its name suggests, however a 50 per cent discrepancy for 32GB Surface RT users is a bitter pill to swallow. Given that the firm touts the Surface RT as a tablet that can be used as a laptop, having only 16GB of usable storage coupled with the device's price might put off punters. µ


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