Microsoft has confirmed that consumers who purchase the 32GB variant of Surface will only be left with 16GB of storage space.
Previously, it was reported that 12GB of storage space will be taken from the device's 32GB capacity. However, according to Microsoft documentation, the $499 32GB Surface tablet actually takes 16GB of storage space.
On a 32GB Surface model, 29GB is initially available after partitioning. Take away 5GB for Windows recovery tools, and another 8GB for Windows RT, Microsoft Office, as well as other built-in apps, it leaves 16GB of free space. As for the 64GB model, users will be left with 46GB.
Microsoft, however, does offer advice on an FAQ page regarding how to free up storage space on the tablet. The firm suggests users utilize cloud storage through SkyDrive, using a microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC memory card or a USB flash drive or hard drive.
The Windows 8-powered Surface, which saw its entire pre-order inventory selling out, launched alongside the operating system on October 26.
16GB for a tablet/laptop OS is friggin ridiculous.