Microsoft's 64GB Surface tablet has only 23GB of usable storage

iPad rival criticised for offering just a third of advertised space; Microsoft says there are workarounds

The 64GB edition of Microsoft's new Surface tablet will give users access to about a third of its storage.


A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the Surface Pro tablet will carry about 23GB of total usable storage. The missing 41GB is believed to be accumulated from the Windows 8 operating system, as well as built-in apps and a recovery partition.

Customers can free up some space by deleting or reducing the recovery partition space, Microsoft added, or attach external drives via USB.

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is due for release in the US on February 9th.

No UK release date has been announced.