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Windows Vista Release Will Create 5,000 New Tech Jobs in Massachusetts, Says Study

The study, commissioned by Microsoft, estimates that more than 6,500 companies in Massachusetts will be involved in the production, sales, or distribution of Vista-related products.
OK, the Patriots lost -- but it's not all doom and gloom for New Englanders. According to a study released Monday, the rollout of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system this year will create 5,000 new tech jobs and generate $2 billion in additional revenue for the technology industry in the state of Massachusetts.

In 2007, 18% of total IT employment in the state will be Vista-related, as businesses and consumers purchase the software and related products, hire third parties to install it, and train workers to use it, according to the study, which was carried out by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft. "We expect that in the first year of Windows Vista shipments, this ecosystem will sell more than $2 billion of Windows Vista-related products and services in Massachusetts," IDC chief research officer John Gantz said in a statement.

The study estimates that more than 6,500 companies in Massachusetts will be involved in the production, sales, or distribution of Vista-related products. It also forecast that each dollar of Windows Vista-related revenue earned by Microsoft in 2007 will generate $18 in revenue for the tech ecosystem beyond Microsoft. Between now and the end of 2007, IDC said it expects Microsoft and its partners to invest about $400 million in Vista products and services.

Windows Vista, Microsoft's first major new operating system release in six years, already is available to business users. A consumer version of the operating system is expected to go on sale next week.