Windows 8 bloat: Microsoft’s 64GB Surface Pro will offer users only 23GB of available storage space

“Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet was knocked for the dearth of storage on the low-end version. Surface Pro isn’t faring much better,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.

“The 64GB version of the upcoming Surface Pro — due for release February 9 — will offer only 23GB of available storage space for user files, according to a statement CNET received from Microsoft,” Crothers reports. “In short, Windows 8 will gobble up as much as 45GB on the Surface Pro, according to Microsoft’s specs.”

Crothers reports, “Surface RT — the first RT version released last year — has similar storage constraints, as Microsoft’s fine print shows. For example, on the 32GB Surface RT, after allowing for the OS, Windows recovery tools, Microsoft Office, and built-in apps, you’re left with 16GB. On the 64GB model, you get 46GB.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chris” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Toting around a Microsoft Surface tablet or tattooing “My IQ is 68!” on your forehead. The choice is yours; the effect the same.

Related articles:
Microsoft doesn’t reveal Surface sales, and probably never will – January 24, 2013
Microsoft blames PC makers for Windows 8 flop – January 24, 2013
Fujitsu President: Weak demand for Microsoft’s Windows 8 killing PC Sales – December 28, 2012
Philip Greenspun: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is a Christmas gift for someone you hate – December 7, 2012
MKM Partners cuts Microsoft price target, estimates on lower than expected Surface, Windows 8 sales – December 5, 2012
Why Microsoft’s Surface tablet is doomed – December 5, 2012
App developers shun Microsoft’s Surface tablet – December 4, 2012
Microsoft Surface Pro to offer only half the battery life of Apple’s latest iPad with Retina display – November 30, 2012
Microsoft’s Surface Pro iPad killer to start at $899 – November 29, 2012
Microsoft’s Surface tablet flops, orders reportedly cut in half – November 29, 2012
TechCrunch’s Siegler reviews Microsoft Surface RT: ‘It’s time for a drop test – right into the garbage can’ – November 19, 2012
Slate reviews Microsoft’s Surface tablet: Too slow, mercilessly buggy; why is it so bad? – November 6, 2012
InfoWorld reviews Microsoft Surface RT: A disappointment; you’re better off with Apple’s iPad – October 31, 2012
Gizmodo reviews Microsoft Surface RT: Do not buy; inferior to Apple’s iPad; the worst of both worlds – October 25, 2012
The Verge reviews Microsoft Surface RT tablet: ‘The whole thing is honestly perplexing; who is this for?’ – October 24, 2012
ZDNet’s Kingsley-Hughes: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is an awful, horrible, painful design disaster – June 8, 2012
Analyst meets with big computer maker, finds ‘general lack of enthusiasm’ for Windows 8 – June 8, 2012
Dvorak: Windows 8 an unmitigated disaster; unusable and annoying; it makes your teeth itch – June 3, 2012
The Guardian: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is confusing as hell; an appalling user experience – March 5, 2012
More good news for Apple: Microsoft previews Windows 8 (with video) – June 1, 2011


    1. Because MS is comprised of a bunch of useless, unimaginative d-bags, that’s why.

      They want to bilk customers of as much money as they can while providing the lowest amount of a quality product.

      MS’s mantra is, ‘It’s just as good as…’. Or, rather, ‘Just get something comparable out the door and we’ll fix it in the next patch’. Or the next release… or, something.

      Flippin’ copycats is all they are. Couldn’t even get ‘Kin’, ‘Zune’, ‘Surface’, or ‘Courier’ off the ground.

      MS is a textbook case of a tech company ‘throwing sh*t against the wall and see what sticks’.

    2. A 45GB ROM (“read-only memory”)? If you are talking about providing an additional read-write flash storage of something like 64GB to hold the pre-installed OS and software, that would add a few hundred more bucks to the price tag.

      The current Surface Pro pricing that starts at $899 for the 64GB model (with Apple’s new 128GB config starting at $799) is already unacceptable. If the price was boosted to $1000 (or more) with the additional storage, it would be a non-starter, even for delusional Microsoft.

  1. Depend on type of iOS devices and iOS versions, the core iOS take somewhere between 1 to 2GB MAX… at least that’s what iTunes is indicating to me.

    This is what happen when Microsoft either refuse or too lazy to adopt its desktop Windows OS to mobile Windows OS, While Apple take the time out (at least 3 years+) to adopt Mac OS X into iOS.

    Upon reading similar news from multiple sources, I can not even begin to laugh at MSFT instead I feel really sorry for Microsoft.

    Sigh… what the hell is going on within MSFT… I simply refuse to believe there is no one within MSFT can “create” a suitable mobile Windows OS based on W7 or W8.

    my 2 cents…

  2. only 23GB of available storage space for user files, according to a statement CNET received from Microsoft

    Wow. That’s TWO signs of MS planning its SUICIDE in one day. That’s two death knells ringing.

    Keep it up MS! We love you to DEATH! 😛

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.