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Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
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12/2/2012 | 7:25:29 PM
re: Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
The lawsuit is not as ridiculous as some posters suggest. Yes, most consumers with a modicum of savvy understand that a portion of the total storage capacity is occupied by the device's operation system, pre-installed apps, etc. But a 50% reduction is borderline ridiculous and likely far in excess of what even savvy consumers would guestimate when determining which model suits their storage needs. If you disagree with this assessment, then consider an example where consumer-usable available storage was only 10% of advertised capacity. Would that be actionable unless the seller made the situation clear before purchase? If so, then we're simply left to argue about what's reasonable.
Drewboy
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11/17/2012 | 9:46:33 PM
re: Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
Hmmm. I'm guessing this is the RT version as the Pro version is not out yet. My question would be how much space will the Win 8 Pro take up?
moarsauce123
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11/17/2012 | 5:12:24 PM
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I understand the argument and as far as Microsoft is concerned the wording in the spec sheet should be easy to get fixed. That said, 16GB is a lot for an OS and some apps. Other squeeze a full scale OS with enterprise apps into much less space.
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11/17/2012 | 6:09:01 AM
re: Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
I can't. If asked, they would reply with the correct answer. If looked for the consumer would see that the operating system takes up a certain amount of space. And when compared to all over MS desktops and operating systems that are used as precident, they use space as well. The HD space is the corrrect hardware specified. The assumption by the user, is at fault. Also if there are no damages. If he doesnt like it, he can return it. I see no intentional misleading or unintentional misleading information. Nor do I see any damages.z
The lawyer's case should not only be dismissed but he should be fined for filinf a frivilous law suit.
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11/16/2012 | 9:53:47 PM
re: Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
Remember years back when monitor vendors had to start advertising the "viewable area" of a monitor? The lawsuit came when a user (lawyer) bought a 19" monitor, and measured from corner to corner and only got a little over 17". He started a class action and won. After that monitor vendors had to advertise the viewable area of a monitor. This is basically the same situation with storage space. I think he will, (and should) win.

One possible benefit of this could be that software vendors will stop putting so much bloat-ware on their devices, so that they can have a better "usable area" rating on their device.
Bob Gill
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Bob Gill,
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11/16/2012 | 9:01:22 PM
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Just delete all the software and you're good to go.
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11/16/2012 | 8:46:32 PM
re: Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
For years, vendors have done the same thing with personal computers, but the difference is that it's much easier to remove unwanted software (to include the whole OS, if desired) from a PC than it is to do so from a tablet or smartphone.

I'm guessing that if the plaintiff prevails, we'll start seeing vendors advertising how much space on the device is taken up by pre-installed software, which would probably not be a bad thing.
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11/16/2012 | 7:30:50 PM
re: Microsoft Sued Over Surface Storage Claims
You got that right, however that doesn't count all the times that Microsoft has sued others including companies over so-called copywrite infrigment. So if you make a statement like the one you made let's not forget the real bullies in the leagal arena Microsoft.
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11/16/2012 | 7:25:12 PM
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I can see the plaintiff's point. When you buy something that is pre-sized, it's a bit misleading to say your are buying a 32 GB Surface when only half of it is available. I wonder if the Microsoft salespeople are explaining this discrepancy to consumers? If they do, then the suit could be deemed frivolous.
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11/16/2012 | 6:24:10 PM
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This is so ridiculous. Just shows the horrible state of the US justice system. They really need to overhaul the entire litgation system.


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