Day One with your new Windows laptop
Install a new Web browser
Under Windows 7 and earlier versions, Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser came pre-installed, and it was up to you to find, download, install, and use an alternative, such as Safari, Firefox, or Google's Chrome. That was our long-time recommendation, largely because IE was so unwieldy, and full of annoying pop-up notifications.
Under Windows 8, IE is still the default built-in browser for most, but Microsoft has given itself even more of a home field advantage by baking IE10 into Windows 8 even more than before. It has a pre-installed Windows 8 UI-compatible version, which means it runs full-screen with the standard Windows 8 gesture commands. Other browsers aren't quite there yet with Windows 8 features, but you can still download and install one or more or them.
This is where it gets a bit tricky. You can have multiple browsers running in the traditional desktop mode in Windows 8, but only one primary one in the tile-based Windows 8 UI (and even then, the two versions of IE10 don't share everything, and the Windows 8 UI version doesn't support many plug-ins).
You can install Google's Windows 8 search app, which offers a decent gesture-based experience, and also install Chrome or another browser and use them from the desktop, while keeping IE10 as the default browser in the Windows 8 UI screen. Many other combinations would also work, but that's my suggestion for greatest flexibility.
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