In Pictures: App wars - Windows 8 Metro vs. the iPad

Microsoft's Metro environment in Windows 8 and Windows RT takes the iPad approach to apps, but is it better?

Browser: iPad wins

The Safari 6 browser on the iPad is very much like a desktop browser -- which is good. You get full bookmarks, including folders, plus Apple's nice "read it for later" Reading List bookmarks and the synced iCloud Tab bookmarks so that you can pick up on what you were browsing on other devices. Sharing and printing are easy actions. Its HTML5 support is among the best of any browser, and you can browse privately when desired.

What Safari 6 lacks are thumbnail views of open tabs, common in Android and Windows 8. Plus, there's no Home button. But as I said, you get a near-desktop-level browser that works well on most websites (some AJAX controls are problematic).

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