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Microsoft doubles Surface Pro storage to 256GB following user backlash

Published May 29th, 2013 5:15PM EDT
Microsoft Surface Pro Storage

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Microsoft has been accused of being misleading regarding the way it has advertised the internal storage in its Surface tablets. The 64GB Surface Pro model ships with only 23GB of useable space, while the 128GB model has just 83GB of available storage. Microsoft’s bloated operating system contains a number of preloaded applications and programs that take up more than 40GB of space, and consumers are filling up their devices quicker than anticipated. It would appear the company is ready to address its critics, however.

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the upcoming availability of the Surface Pro tablet in Japan with double the storage. The company has scrapped its 64GB model, and will launch both 256GB and 128GB models for ¥119,800 ($1,170) and ¥99,800 ($975), respectively. It should be noted, however, that the 256GB model will only have about 200GB of useable storage out of the box.

The Surface Pro will be available in Japan beginning June 7th with a full version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Business pre-loaded on the tablet.

Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.