The Economic Impact of Microsoft’s Windows 7, Worldwide

Windows 7, Microsoft’s follow-on to Windows Vista, will become commercially available in October 2009. For Microsoft, the launch of Window 7 suggests strong growth in client operating systems again.  But the impact of Windows 7 will reach far beyond Microsoft, driving revenues and growth for many of the IT companies worldwide that sell hardware, write software, provide IT services, or serve as IT distribution channels. 

 

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The IDC research  indicates that:

– By the end of 2010, more than 7 million people worldwide in the IT industry and at IT using organizations will be working with Window 7, or 19% of the global IT workforce.
– The 350,000-plus IT companies that produce, sell, or distribute products or services running on Windows 7 will employ 3 million; another 4 million will be employed at IT-using firms. 
– For every dollar of Microsoft revenue from launch in October 2009 to the end of 2010 from Windows 7, the ecosystem beyond Microsoft will reap $18.52.
– During that period, this ecosystem will sell more than  $320 billion in  products and services revolving around Windows 7.  
                                                         
Look at it in other way:

In 2010: Nearly 49.5% (58 million copies) of Windows 7 will be sold to corporations. 15% (18% million) Vista will be sold

In 2011: Windows 7 will be used by nearly 75% Windows users. Vista will drop to 0 .5%.

In 2012: Vista will completely disappear while XP will still maintain 15%

Download pdf report from Microsoft.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.