IDC Study: Windows Vista Will Create 100,000 Jobs

Microsoft's Windows Vista could create up to 100,000 new I.T. jobs in the U.S., according to a Microsoft-commissioned study by research firm IDC. Another IDC study found that Vista's launch will create about 50,000 jobs in six European countries.

For every dollar of Vista-related revenue that goes directly to Microsoft, about $18 will be generated in the industry, according to the report, with up to $70 billion created for Microsoft's partners and the industry at large. 

In another report, iSuppli estimated that PC hardware component costs jump about $100 in order to support the new operating system. With nearly 100 million estimated Vista deployments in 2007,  the additional hardware costs alone amount to $10 billion.

Windows Vista was made available to enterprise customers on November 30 and will be widely available to consumers at the end of January.

The Windows ecosystem includes companies that sell hardware, write software, provide I.T. services, or serve in some capacity in I.T. product distribution channels. IDC estimates that in the U.S., more than 200,000 companies will produce, sell, or distribute products and services on or for Windows Vista.

Microsoft partners are expected to invest approximately $10 billion in Windows Vista-related products and services between now and the end of 2007, the report noted.

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