Windows Vista will create 100,000 new jobs, says Microsoft

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft new operating system will have an immediate impact on the U.S. economy when it launches early next year, Microsoft claims. According to an IDC study, which was commissioned by Microsoft, the availability of Windows Vista will create 100,000 new jobs and generate $70 billion in sales.

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"Our research indicates that Windows Vista will infuse new energy into the market in its first 12 months of availability, driving important job and economic growth through new industry revenues," said John F. Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president of IDC, and author of the study.

IDC's findings were published by Microsoft early on Monday. The research firm believes that more than 200,000 IT companies with more than 660,000 employees in the U.S. will be able to profit from the release of Vista.

IDC expects Microsoft's Vista related revenues to reach about $3.9 billion within twelve months after launch. Microsoft's partners are estimated to generate about $18 of revenues for every Vista dollar that goes to Microsoft, which puts the total revenue opportunity at about $70 billion, according to IDC.

To get access to this revenue opportunity, IDC expects IT firms to invest approximately $10 billion in Windows Vista-related products and services between now and the end of 2007. Vista-related job growth is expected to exceed 100,000 in the U.S.

Vista shipments are believed to reach about 90 million units within the first year - substantially more than the 67 million copies Windows XP sold during the first twelve months after launch in October 2001. 2008 shipments of Vista are estimated at more than 150 million, 2009 will see Vista sales of more than 170 million and 2010 will break the 200 million barrier, IDC said.