What’s the top browser to use with a Surface Pro

The Microsoft Surface Pro is a assorted bag, at least in the view of most critics.

Consider this assessment by Marc Weber Tobias of Forbes.com,

“Microsoft has created a sophisticated piece of hardware that can perform the functions of a tablet and ultrabook. The reality is that the Surface Pro works well in both environments but is too much of a compromise. If that works for you, then the Windows tablet will be a great addition to your travel tools arsenal. Just be sure you don’t stay too far from a power outlet for too long a time”.

One or two reviewers/buyers loved it, but most were a little let down. A few hated it, but the remainder did not go that far. The truth is that the Surface Pro didn’t make it to become the ‘iPad killer’ that it had been speculated to be. Arguments that it is finicky to work, overpriced and unfamiliar all held water, but it is also worth noting that it is not really a terrible tablet.

In truth, despite most of the aforementioned drawbacks (many of that I touched upon in past reviews) this was still a top-end tablet with a excellent screen and brilliant hardware. It handles the World-wide-web better than most tablet pc’s, as well.

Now, when it relates to Internet use, particularly on lightweight tablets, many people have moved from IE and in the direction of other browsers. Microsoft acknowledges this (albeit grudgingly) but noticeably they would favor Windows 8 buyers to choose Internet Explorer 10.

So, is IE 10 it any good? In fact, when used on the Surface, yes it is.

If you’re planning on using a Microsoft surface or Microsoft surface Pro, you’ll really be at your finest, Net-wise, with IE 10. Some have recommended Google Chrome as a better option, but if Pastor Shaw (writing for a Surface-based blog back in April) is accurate then I doubt that may be the case forever, (S)he says:


“Chrome doesn’t pinch to zoom, but it handles Google’s stuff really well, especially with extensions.  If only Chrome was more memory efficient and had pinch to zoom.  The forums don’t believe there’s much hope for Google to try to support pinch-to-zoom on Windows 8, because of a not-so-secret cold war brewing between Microsoft and Google.  Soon we’ll have to pick sides.  If you use many services like me, this expanding gulf may force you to pick sides”.


At the end of the day, Microsoft do their best work within their own back patch. Straying too faraway from the ‘Microsoft Method’ doesn’t typically cause good things when it comes to using Microsoft products (same with Apple, #in that# regard).


As with everything else, you’ll find conflicting thoughts and the question itself is very subjective. In my opinion, I think that Internet explorer 10 is the best browser for that Microsoft surface and Microsoft surface Pro. It is the default browser plus the device is built to use with it. So that’s the answer I’m going with.