Microsoft has forecasted that the new “Vista” in Hollywood will generate in excess of $10 billion in new revenue for the California IT Industry. According to a study commissioned by the Redmond Company to IDC, Windows Vista will deliver a major impact to the California IT industry in the first year of availability on the market.
Additionally, IDC has predicted that Windows Vista will drive an increase in new jobs for the California IT market, with 60% of the total IT employment being related to Vista. The latest operating system from Microsoft is expected to generate 16,000 new jobs in California.
“Windows Vista will create additional revenues for Microsoft in California, but will also create even bigger economic ripples throughout the ecosystem that sells products and services in California that run on or work with it,” said John Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president of IDC. “Windows Vista’s footprint in the state will be wide, as original equipment manufacturers sell PCs that run on it, software companies sell applications that run it, and services and distribution firms deliver, install, support and train on it. We expect that in the first year of Windows Vista shipments, this ecosystem will sell more than $10 billion of Windows Vista-related products and services in California.”
In 2007 alone Windows Vista will impact more than 30,000 California IT companies. The environment outside Microsoft stands to benefit consistently from Windows Vista, with the operating system generating $19 in revenue for each dollar pocketed by Microsoft.
“Microsoft is proud to bring products to market that help infuse economic growth here in California,” said Sandi Thomas, Southern California District general manager at Microsoft. “This launch is generating economic opportunities in California and across the nation by creating jobs, enabling organizational efficiencies and helping solve business challenges for our customers, partners and the IT industry as a whole.”