Unlike Win 7 where the desktop allows you to both preview and switch between browsers, Win 8 seems to have a conflict with Chrome and not Firefox. Yes you can switch between browsers and even split the screen between the two. The difference is that when I start Chrome from the desktop it does NOT come up with a MINIMZE or CLOSE. This forces me to have to go around through the Start Screen (I think you call it the Metro?) and not allow accessability directly from the desktop taskbar. Did I choose the wrong choice in installing Chrome or is Chrome not set up identically as it would be in Win 7? Sometimes I like to stream audio on Chrome while I work with another browser. The way it is now I cannot listen unless I split the screen which makes the browser I'm working with smaller and not full screen and the audio completely drops out when you switch to the other browser.