If you read tech blogs you might think Microsoft is practically on its deathbed. After all, Apple and Google rule the Web, and Windows is so, well...tacky. Or so we're told. \u00a0I hate to break it to the fanboys, but Windows still runs on more than 9 out of 10 PCs, and Microsoft\u2019s Internet Explorer is the browser of choice for more than half of all Web surfers.\n\n\n\tThese statistics come from a new analysis of operating-system and browser usage from Net Applications. The market research company gets its numbers from studying Web traffic, so it\u2019s measuring actual usage and not just collecting sales data.\n\n\n\tOkay, I wrote one thing that\u2019s not true. I love to break the news to the fanboys; I\u2019m actually happy to clear up this common misconception. I\u2019m not necessarily a big fan of Microsoft technology, but the constant dissing of Windows and IE might lead consumers to think that there\u2019s something wrong with the software, or that they\u2019d better switch to something else.\n\n\n\tBut that's nonsense. \n\n\n\tIf Windows and IE work for you, who cares what the digerati think? When it comes to browsers, the three most popular options work so well\u00a0that you\u2019re likely to be happy with Chrome, Firefox or IE.\n\n\n\tYou could make a very reasonable argument that both Apple\u2019s OS X and Linux are superior operating systems to Windows, but neither of them are nearly as popular. Linux is a niche product that's far too geeky and limited in hardware support to make it a good choice for most consumers.\n\n\n\tCheck out these OS numbers from Net Applications: Windows has 91.51 percent of the overall market; OS X has 7.3 percent; and Linux has 1.28 percent. In spite of all the roses tossed Apple\u2019s way, OS X\u2019s market share has been in the 7 percent range since last August. Meanwhile, Microsoft\u2019s Windows 8 gets tomatoes tossed at it quite regularly (I admit, I\u2019ve thrown some myself), but it is gaining share, with 5.1 percent of the market.\n\n\nIE Still the Most Popular Choice\n\n\n\tA few years ago, there were real reasons not to use IE. It was notoriously insecure and was clunky compared to Chrome and Firefox. That\u2019s no longer the case, and from my point of view, choice of browsers today comes down to personal preference. I like Firefox, but I have nothing against the desktop versions of Chrome and IE. (Mobile browsers are a different story. If you drill down in the Net Applications report you'll also find numbers for mobile browsers.)\n\n\n\tThe numbers for desktop browsers are as follows: IE 56.15 percent; Firefox 19.15 percent; Chrome 17.17 percent; Safari 5.55 percent; and Opera 1.58 percent. \u00a0\n\n\n\tTake that fanboys!