In an emailed statement, Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said the Surface tablets are "not just a stage for Windows, but also Office, Skype, Bing and SkyDrive."
Microsoft VP Panos Panay made that point abundantly clear on Monday, announcing that the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 will provide users 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years, free Skype calls to landlines in more than 60 countries, and free Skype Wi-Fi at more than 2 million global hotspots.
Panay said that if a device is lost or stolen, SkyDrive can help a user put his or her data on a new device within minutes. He also suggested SkyDrive makes up for the relatively limited storage space available on lower-end Surface models; over half of the 64-GB Surface Pro's hard drive space is occupied by the OS, for example.
"We want you to believe in our services," Panay said, adding that buying a device with 32 GB of storage is "interesting," but that a device with 232 GB of storage is "powerful."