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Windows 8 uses IE 10 as the default browser
Realising I liked Windows 8 also forced me to re-evaluate other Microsoft resistances I've built up over time.
Internet Explorer isn't a browser I've had too much time for in the past decade; I switched to Firefox, and then to Chrome, when Firefox got too slow and bulky for my needs.
But with IE10's 'chromeless' Metro view filling the whole screen this could change. I imagine other vendors are furiously working away to deliver Metro versions of their browsers but until they do, IE10 is my preference.
These are words I didn't anticipate saying this year.
That's not to say it's perfect: it bugs me that with IE10's Metro view filling the screen I can't have two instances, or tabs, displayed at the same time.
You can get around this for now by using another browser in the desktop view and docking it in the side (pictured), but it's not the same thing. Similarly, switching away from Google Mail to another tab constantly results in being signed in and out of Google Talk, but that's another pretty minor gripe.
And that's what I mean: the OS is by no means perfect — using a browser or other small-windowed app in the desktop view on a tablet isn't the best experience — but there's so much that is impressive and easy to use that I want to keep using it in spite of its annoyances, rather than it being a case of having no choice in the matter. No other version of Windows has ever managed that for me.