Microsoft hit with a lawsuit over its Surface tablets storage space

Microsoft is being sued for allegedly misleading customers about the amount of storage in its new 32GB Surface tablet.

The lawsuit was brought to the courts by a Californian lawyer by the name of Andrew Sokolowski who claims that he bought the device under the premise that he would get 32GB of space. He claims however that the device actually came with much less space than advertised according to the Associated Press.

However, Mr Sokolowski’s argument is a true one. When the Surface hit the stores last month, it was advertised as having 32GB of storage when in fact the device actually comes with 16GB due to the pre-loading of space-taking applications such as Word and Excel. This also includes Windows recovery tools and Windows RT. For those with a 64GB version, they start out with only 46GB of space instead.

“We believe this lawsuit is without merit,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET. “Customers understand the operating system and pre-installed applications reside on the device’s internal storage thereby reducing the total free space.”

Microsoft has not made any secret of the fact though, stating on its website that the Surface comes with only 16 GB of space and outlines what is eating up all that storage space. It also comes with advice on how to get more space on your Surface or make the most of what you have.

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