A study by International Data Corp. — a respected IT market research firm — predicts that within its first year of shipment, Windows Vista will be installed on more than 90 million computers worldwide, and that in the United States alone, Vista-related employment will reach 18% of all IT jobs during that period.

The study, “The Economic Impact of Microsoft Windows Vista in the United States,” was commissioned by and paid for by Microsoft.

The study further estimates that there will be 157,000 new jobs (emphasis theirs) and US$70 billion in revenue to companies in the U.S. IT industry, with two million IT professionals and industry employees working with Vista in 2007.

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