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Next-Generation Surface: What To Expect

As Microsoft preps its next-gen Surface tablets, reports suggest a Surface Mini is in the works along with a Metro-Styled version of Office. Here's a roundup of Surface 2 buzz.

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More Finger-Friendly Browsing Options

For Windows users that loathe Microsoft's IE browser, Surface Pro will be able to browse via a new touch-friendly version of Google Chrome and a Metro-ized version of Firefox that will sport a tiled "Modern" interface.

The Firefox 26 version is slated for release Dec. 10, according to Mozilla, the open source community developing Firefox. The touch-ready browser will be designed to run in the Windows 8.1 tiled interface as opposed to the desktop. As of now, there are no plans to bring Firefox 26 to a future Surface RT model. Microsoft bars third-party developers from accessing the Surface RT's desktop mode.

Google Chrome on Surface and Windows 8 touch devices has been hampered by the browser's lack of touch support. But recent alpha builds of Chrome, called Canary, bring touch functions to the browser, allowing users to navigate with swipes, and pinch and zoom. Chrome already runs in Windows 8's Modern UI. Meanwhile, there's been no word on support for the Surface RT.

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