Windows 8 is an incredibly complex operating system, in that it caters to both desktop and tablet needs. What this means is that unlike other competing mobile platforms, Windows powered slates end up with a rather limited amount of usable storage capacity.
Usable storage capacity, in this case being the amount available to users after the OS is installed.
This becomes a fair bit (pun always intended) of issue for users that opt for devices with smaller capacities — for instance with 32GB or 64GB of storage space.
There is a reason why there are no 16GB Windows powered tablets available, after all.
Anyway, Microsoft recently unveiled its second generation Surface slates in multiple storage capacities, as this time around the company wanted to provide users with more choices when it comes to space. And just like it happened with the first generation models, the company has provided complete details.
The update storage FAQ that Redmond recently published confirms that the 512GB variant of the Surface Pro 2 comes with some 451GB of available storage space.
By the same token, the 256GB model offers 212GB of disk space to users.
Surface 2, however, has to make do with drastic cuts once again. The 32GB version has only 18GB of available disk capacity, and the 64GB flavor ups this to a much more serviceable 47GB.
Thank heaven for user expandable storage, then, eh?