First off, Microsoft is simply being conservative. The numbers it gave for Surface RT's free space were lower than they were in reality. I bet it will be the same for the Pro. Second, I think it's the customers who cannot think things through. You think a recovery partition takes up too much space? Here's an idea: delete it. Or better still, move it to an SD card. There's an easy way to do that, too. Start the "Create a recovery drive" tool and it gives the option to copy the recovery partition to a USB key and then remove it from the hard disk. Problem solved. This is not that different from the olden days when laptops did not come with a Windows installation disk, but you had to create your own recovery disk from a partition on the laptop's harddisk. After that you simply deleted the partition if you wanted. You want to take 15 films with you? Drop them on a 64Gb SD card, shove it in your Surface. Problem solved. You want to take 10.000 music tracks with you? Drop them on another 64Gb SD card. Hell, go large: but a 128Gb card and you don't even have to swap. I think it is stunning that people can't work that out for themselves. I thought you were a geek, man!