IDC: Vista Will Create U.S. I.T. JobsBy Peter Galli | Posted 2006-12-11 Email Print
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The Microsoft-commissioned IDC study says it expects Vista-related employment to reach 18 percent of IT employment in the U.S. in its first year of shipment.
A Microsoft-commissioned study that looks at the economic impact of Windows Vista in the United States in its first year of shipment estimates that for every dollar of Microsoft revenue from the new operating system, the ecosystem around it will reap $18 in revenues.
That would result in about $70 billion in hardware, software packages and services being sold in 2007 by OEMs, the IDC study found.
The report, titled "The Economic Impact of Microsoft Windows Vista in the United States" and authored by IDC analysts John Gantz, Al Gillen and Marcel Warmerdam, says it expects Vista to be installed on more than 35 million computers in the United Statesdriving more than $4 billion in revenue to the Redmond, Wash.-based firm.
That means the United States will account for just over a third of the more than 90 million computers expected to have Vista loaded worldwide.
The IDC study also says it expects Vista-related employment to reach 18 percent of I.T. employment in the United States in its first year of shipment, with the 200,000 I.T. companies that produce, sell, or distribute products or services running on Vista expected to employ over 660,000 people, with another 1.15 million employed at firms that use I.T.
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