“A California lawyer is suing Microsoft Corp., claiming the Surface tablet he bought doesn’t have all the storage space the company advertised,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

“Andrew Sokolowski, a lawyer in Los Angeles, claims that he bought a Surface with 32 gigabytes of storage last week. But he quickly ran out of space after loading it with music and Microsoft Word documents,” Svensson reports. “He discovered that a significant portion of the 32 GB storage space was being used by the operating system and pre-installed apps such as Word and Excel. Only 16 GB was available for him to use.”

Svensson reports, “Sokolowski’s lawyers filed the suit alleging false advertising and unfair business practices on Tuesday at the Superior Court in Los Angeles. They are seeking class action status. The suit aims to change how Microsoft advertises its device and hopes to force the company to give back revenue and profits that resulted from its alleged wrongful conduct.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Profits?!” Ha! Good one!

Svensson reports, “Microsoft confirmed on Nov. 5 exactly how much usable storage space its Surface tablets come with out of the box. It says on its website that the 32 GB Surface has 16 GB of free space while the 64 GB version has 45 GB free… On flash drives, the kind used in tablets, another factor reduces the available storage further. A portion of the memory space is set aside to replace ‘cells’ that wear out over time. For this reason, Apple’s 16 GB iPad has an actual storage capacity that’s 11 percent lower than the one advertised: 14.3 GB. The 64 GB model stores 57.2 GB.”

MacDailyNews Take: The difference is stark. Apple’s iOS and built-in apps take up just 11% and Microsoft’s Windows RT morass of spaghetti code obliterates 50% of available storage. That Microsoft ever even made a nickel is all the proof anyone should ever need that this planet is littered neck-high with the morbidly stupid.

Svensson reports, “On the iPad, all the storage space after the 11 percent ‘discount’ is available for the user’s photos, movies and apps. The operating system and Apple’s pre-installed apps have their own, separate memory space. Microsoft’s operating system and apps, in contrast, share memory space with the user.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This ambulance chaser ought to sue himself for wasting his money on garbage with a kickstand to begin with; as if Microsoft doesn’t have an well-deserved, ironclad reputation for excreting shoddy hardware and bloated, poor-performing operating systems.

On the positive side, it’s not like there are any apps for the POS, so the idiots who’ve saddled themselves with the thing should have plenty of room for their bad music, awful snapshots, and ugly Word documents.

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