IDC Studie: Vista Launch to Add 100, 000 Europe IT Jobs: Study

Laut IDC wird Windows Vista der IT-Branche einen neuen Aufschwung verschaffen:
Alleine in Europa werden 100.000 neue Jobs geschaffen werden, und $40 Milliarden Umsätze generiert werden. IDC schätzt, dass innerhalb eines Jahres ca. 30 Millionen PC´s in Europa laufen werden.

SEATTLE ( Reuters) - The release of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT.O) much-anticipated Windows Vista operating system will drive $40 billion in economic activity and create 100,000 new jobs in six European countries next year, a study said on Thursday.

The study, conducted by research firm IDC and commissioned by Microsoft, said Windows Vista will be installed on over 30 million personal computers in Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom within the first year of shipment.

``Windows Vista will precipitate cascading economic benefits, from increased employment in the region and increased taxes to a stronger economic base,'' IDC wrote in the study.

The study comes a week after the world's largest software maker said it may delay the launch of Windows Vista in Europe due to the region's antitrust requirements. Vista is due for consumer release in early 2007.

The European Commission warned Microsoft on Tuesday against foreclosing competition in computer security by including new security features in Vista. The two sides are in talks about whether Vista has anti-competitive elements that need to be changed.

Vista is Microsoft's long-awaited upgrade to Windows, which sits on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers. The Windows business accounts for 30 percent of Microsoft's revenue and 60 percent of its operating profit.

Microsoft and the European Commission are locked in a legal battle dating back to 2004 when Brussels hit the company with a 500-million-euro ($640-million) antitrust fine and called for changes in its business practices.

Last week, four European parliament members wrote to the EU competition chief saying that the Commission was endangering the ability of European business to compete.

The six countries in the study account for 65 percent of all technology spending in the EU economic zone, defined as the European Union plus Croatia, Norway and Switzerland.

For every euro Microsoft makes on Vista in the region, other companies such as PC makers, retail firms and other software vendors earn more than 13 euros, the study said.

In the first year of release, Vista will be installed on more than 100 million computers worldwide, according to IDC.

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