What is the very best browser to use with a Microsoft Surface Pro

The Surface Pro is a mixed bag, at least in the eyes 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”.

A few reviewers/purchasers cherished it, but the majority were a little bit let down. Some hated it, but the rest didn’t go that far. The fact is the Microsoft surface Pro did not turn out to become the ‘iPad killer’ that it had been purported to be. Opinion that it is finicky to use, overpriced and unfamiliar all held water, but it is additionally worth noting that it was not a terrible tablet.

Actually, despite most of the aforementioned drawbacks (many of that I touched upon in earlier reviews) this was still a high-end pc tablet with a excellent screen and superb hardware. It handles the Web better than most tablets, as well.

Now, when it relates to Web use, especially on lightweight devices, many people have moved away from IE and in the direction of other browsers. Microsoft acknowledges this (albeit reluctantly) but clearly they would favor Windows 8 buyers to opt for Internet Explorer 10.

So, is IE 10 it any good? Actually, when used on this Surface, yes it is.

If you’re planning on using a Surface or Microsoft surface Pro, you’ll actually be at your best, Internet-wise, with IE 10. Some have suggested Google Chrome as the better option, but when Pastor Shaw (writing for a Surface-based blog back in April) is right 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 our day, Microsoft do their best work within their own back patch. Straying too off from the ‘Microsoft Method’ doesn’t regularly result in good things when it comes to using Microsoft products (same with Apple, #in that# regard).


Like everything else, there can be conflicting thoughts and the title itself is very subjective. Personally, I believe that Internet explorer 10 may be the best browser for the Surface and Surface Pro. It is the default browser and the device is intended to work with it. So that’s the answer I’m going with.