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Microsoft-backed study sees Vista creating U.S. jobs

The new operating system could generate 100,000 new U.S. tech jobs, IDC found in a study commissioned by the software giant.

A Microsoft-commissioned study estimates that Windows Vista could create 100,000 new IT-related jobs in the United States.

The study, which was performed by IDC, also estimates that for every dollar of Vista-related revenue that Microsoft takes in next year, $18 will be generated for the technology industry as a whole.

"The bottom line is that Windows Vista is creating jobs," said Brad Goldberg, a general manager in the Windows client unit.

Microsoft commissioned a similar study for Europe that found the release of Vista could create 50,000 technology jobs in six major European countries.

Vista was released at the end of last month for businesses and goes on sale at retail stores and on new PCs in January.