WhaleTech: Microsoft Surface – A day late and a dollar short

Enjoying your iPad are you?  Or you are one of those Android tablet warriors?

Is anyone actually hanging out for Microsoft’s take on the tablet computer?

via: businessinsider.com

via: businessinsider.com

To industry insiders, the arrival of Surface, Microsoft’s attempt to join the tablet market, was met by a blank stare.  Sure, there is always a need for some people to take their PC software and have it in a tablet form factor, but is Microsoft onto a winner here?  

It appears not.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet, due for release on February 9th, will not have the available space that buyers might have believed. A company spokesperson has confirmed that the 64GB edition will have a mere 23GB available space. The 128GB model will have 83GB of space. The 41GB difference will be taken up with Windows 8, built-in apps, and a recovery partition.

Microsoft has told potential customers that if they want to free up more space they will need to “create a backup bootable USB and delete the partition.” While this might be possible, we would hazard a guess that the average user wouldn’t know where to begin with doing this, and would probably opt not to in favour of not risking breaking anything.

Of course, there is a big difference between a tablet and a laptop without a keyboard.  iOS and Android were designed to operate within frugal hardware specifications, whereas Microsoft are still trying to shoehorn their desktop operating system into a tablet.   It appears they have learned very little from their Windows CE days.

There is a market for it, of course.  But don’t expect the Surface to be lying around on couches across the nation.

 


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