Vista Expected to Generate $7 Billion in New Revenue

New York's IT industry is expected to experience a significant financial impact as a result of the launch of the Windows Vista™ operating system. According to a research study recently completed by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft Corp., within the first year of the Windows Vista shipment, New York's IT industry will begin seeing considerable increases in new jobs and revenue. The study's findings indicate that Windows Vista will provide a foundation for the IT market, with more than 17 percent of total IT employment in New York related to Windows Vista. In addition, total Windows®-related employment in New York is expected to jump by more than 16,000 new jobs.

Windows Vista, together with the 2007 Microsoft® Office system, was made available on Nov. 30 to Volume Licensing customers and will be broadly available on Jan. 30.

"Windows Vista will create additional revenues for Microsoft in New York, but will also create even bigger economic ripples throughout the ecosystem that sells products and services in New York 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 $7 billion of Windows Vista-related products and services in New York."

View: Microsoft Press Release

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In Australia, Vista Ultimate costs $800. For $200 more you can get the superior Mac OS X Tiger AND a Mac mini to run it on (and the ability to run Vista as well if you feel that way inclined).

New York’s IT industry will begin seeing considerable increases in new jobs and revenue.

What does this have to do with Vista?

Nice PR from MS. NYC IT jobs are on the rise, so MS takes credit for it even though Vista is not the reason.

STOP LYING, MICROSOFT!

I think Vista is a very good OS, especially when compared to WinXP, but I still can't justify spending $400 on the Ultimate edition. I'm going to get Home Premium, instead.

The price should drop over time,we may consider also,that Microsoft is offering upgrade to people who bought XP preinstalled machines since 15th of october (dont remember the exact date).Also students and teachers will benefit from unique prices given to the educational sector.

the upgrade should cost alot less than 400

vista aint all that appealing... like i said many times before this the FIRST time i dont really care about "getting the newest version of windows" ... cause XP already "works really well" and is very "stable" ... those are by far the two most things people probably want.

whats vista offer? ... more or less the same crap as XP but with a different interface with more bloat.... although it's a matter of time before vista becomes the "standard" .... i aint gonna be in a hurry to get it.... ATLEAST not before SP1 comes out for it at MINIMUM.

besides who really pays for windows anyways?... it's WAY overpriced.

superhuman said,
apparently,you haven't try it. Don't believe in the crap that apple and linux users poor into your head. Seriously...

your right, i have not tried it yet... but for real, dont i have some legit arguments? ... about how it's basically more bloated (more of a memory hog) and it dont really offer anything significant over WinXP... right?

dont get me wrong i like "Windows in general" quite a bit as it's pretty much the standard of pc's etc etc etc ... it's just from all the stuff i heard about Vista it just sounds like it's a more bloated version of xp when is all said and done.

also... whats the system memory requirements anyways? .... cause from what i heard u need 1GB minimum for it to run good ... also, i dont know if this is true as im just speculating... but, is 1GB of ram to vista as 512MB of ram is to winxp? ... if thats true thats quite a bit of memory increase for basically a version of windows thats really just same stuff as xp is overall.... cause like i said this is the first time that when u get another version of windows it aint a big leap (not counting windows 98 to windows me).

ThaCrip said,

your right, i have not tried it yet... but for real, dont i have some legit arguments? ... about how it's basically more bloated (more of a memory hog) and it dont really offer anything significant over WinXP... right?

dont get me wrong i like "Windows in general" quite a bit as it's pretty much the standard of pc's etc etc etc ... it's just from all the stuff i heard about Vista it just sounds like it's a more bloated version of xp when is all said and done.

also... whats the system memory requirements anyways? .... cause from what i heard u need 1GB minimum for it to run good ... also, i dont know if this is true as im just speculating... but, is 1GB of ram to vista as 512MB of ram is to winxp? ... if thats true thats quite a bit of memory increase for basically a version of windows thats really just same stuff as xp is overall.... cause like i said this is the first time that when u get another version of windows it aint a big leap (not counting windows 98 to windows me).

Try it and you will see. I am sure you will change your mind.

Even WinXP requires 1GB to run good. Vista is more efficient and fast. No more Not Responding and Crash crap... I tried it and loved it so much. To normal user, they just can see the UI and same stuff and eye candy only. However, underlying Vista, there are tremendous new technologies that helps you better sharing files, networking, and security.

brandnewfantx said,
Question How much did Vista cost to make ?

Ah, the question of the year. Impossible to answer though. Millions, maybe billions? Who knows how many people worked on it and how long? How much do they get paid? Obviously burning it to a DVD and making a box for it could cost upwards of $20 million, depending how many they make though. And that's the cheap part.

brandnewfantx said,
Question How much did Vista cost to make ?

It's been reported that it cost 5+ billion. The majority of that cost is because of project mismanagement at MS.

It's not that bad to be honest, I see Vista is going to have a slow take off, not as fast as Windows XP's anyway.

markjensen said,
But something about it being presold on every new PC makes it a sure winner, doesn't it? ;)

Never said it wouldn't be a winner, but the price point in which the software is being sold will make current Computer users who want to use their hardware think twice before switching over! :P

True. I bought an XP box to upgrade my Me system. It was worth the upgrade cost for existing systems.

With Vista, some people's older computers may not meet the requirements, plus XP is already very functional and stable. So it is not like the situation of a 9x to XP (on NT technology) that it was back then. Individual consumers may be more likely to wait and get it preinstalled on a new PC.

Agree markjensen,the fact i like the most is how these revenues will create jobs,and revenues to third party distributors,programmers,enterprises of all kind,business create wealth to all that is related to it.

This is my base point on how windows is a benefit to all economies in the world,something that as far i understand doesent get near with open source software (considering that there are companies who sell also their product based on linux ).So this is only in the NY IT industry,can you imagine the impact in U.S and around the world?

Just my 2 cents.

Title is slightly misleading. It makes it seem that microsoft will only earn 7billion usd in the first year [which is still quite small...only 45million Vistas priced at 200usd [home premium] sold]

That rate is higher than XP. But, XP's second and third year growth were outstanding, up to 400M sold!

Vista will definitely surpass this number in the coming 1-2 years.

Great news!