Vista to create 50,000 EU jobs

Microsoft’s new Vista operating system will add 50,000 new jobs to six countries in the EU next year.

Vista to create 50,000 EU jobs

The study, commissioned by Microsoft, studied the effect of the Vista launch in the UK, France, Germany Denmark, Poland and Spain who represent more than two thirds of the EU’s IT spend.

The survey claims that Vista will generate some €32bn in sales across the Union with Microsoft and its partners investing more than €4.8bn between now and the end of 2007 in preparing new products and services.

The study also says that more than 150,000 companies employing 400,000 people across the six nations will either be working on the development of or sell Vista related products next year.

Microsoft will use the study as further ammunition in its war of attrition with the European Commission. Microsoft has already warned that the Vista launch could be delayed if the EU insists on certain conditions such as the removal of tools like Windows Defender in order to stimulate competition in the security market. The implication of the IDC report is that delaying Vista will also harm the economies of six of its biggest members and have a serious effect on jobs.

IDC predicts Vista to be installed on 30 million computers across those six countries, and 105 million worldwide during 2007.

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