Microsoft wastes tons of Surface storage space on bullshit

I agree with Gruber. Every design decision involves some element of compromise. Microsoft seems to have compromised a lot, though.

  • It’s one thing to concede to sacrifices in design willingly without even trying to retain the purity of the original vision. It’s another thing to actually make “No Compromise” your slogan while doing so.

    • Reminds me a bit of “compassionate Conservatism.”

  • GTWilson

    Their grand entrance into mobile has been little more than a prat-fall.

    I guess if you want to take the glass-half-full approach – Things can only improve from here.

  • Will

    “The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage.” How can they even put that out with a straight face?

  • EzraWard

    The space may be excessive, but the usage isn’t BS. There’s nothing wrong with including a recovery partition. I may have chosen to include a USB key rather than the partition, but I’d have to think about it. There’s another ~10 GB that can be recovered by uninstalling the included version of Office(looks to be an Office 365 trial). So it looks like you get 93+ GBs free outside of Office. I plan on having some Office suite installed so that specifically doesn’t change my decision to get one.

    • Jim H

      You seem like the kind of person who would by it regardless. I don’t think the majority of users are so forgiving and they shouldn’t be.

      • EzraWard

        I’m not. I’ve been considering a Thinkpad X1 Carbon, but I value the Surface for versatility.

  • SMH.

    • adrocknaphobia @johncblandii I have one of the original Samsung 700Ts (w/ 64GB)… you can basically install Office.. and one other app. #fail 1/29/13 3:31 PM

  • Nat5150

    I just had 3 or 4 links about this in my Twitter feed, all in a row. This headline wins, no contest.

  • Dave Brandt

    The deal is that the Surface is the only tablet on the market that is NOT a post-PC device! That’s why they needed to put Windows on it.

    Horace’s podcast #5 “Innovation Antibodies” explains the concept. Part of the company wants to innovate in the worst way, but the other part has to hang onto Windows as if their life depended on it.

    A tablet for PC users is certainly a legitimate market, but their fantasy is that it somehow appeals to consumers who are looking for a Post-PC device.

    • As a person not buying the “post-pc” phraseology people don’t look for post-pc devices. They want something that works for there use.

      • The nomenclature here is secondary to the fact that Microsoft not only eats its own dog food, it also strangles its children.