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Windows RT takes up more than one third of Surface’s 32GB storage

Microsoft Surface test manager, Ricardo Lopez has been reported by Business Insider (opens in new tab) as saying owners of the upcoming 32GB tablet will only have 20GB of storage to use. This is because more than a third of the storage has already been monopolised by the Windows RT OS, Microsoft Office and various pre-loaded apps.

News on the issue was disclosed during a Reddit ‘ask me anything’ session (opens in new tab) with the Surface team. When answering a question that asked about the size of the Windows RT install, Ricardo Lopez replied, “After the OS, Office RT and a bunch of apps, you will still have more that 20GB. As you say, you can always add an SD card and while you cannot add apps there, you can get music, movies and photos there.”

(opens in new tab)The storage capacity of Microsoft Surface may be in contrast with its primary competitor, the iPad, with Apple's OS believed to take up just 1GB on the device.

However, the cheapest version of the iPad (£399) has 16GB with the Surface offering 32GB - or around 20GB it seems - at the same price. Even with the storage compromise, could the extra space give Microsoft's new tablet the upper-hand?