IDC Forecasts 177M Unit Sales for Microsoft Windows 7 by 2010 Year End

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Even as a recent survey of businesses has shown that the majority intend to skip any upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, market research firm IDC is still forecasting a brisk uptake of Microsoft's successor to Vista.

While a recent survey of businesses indicates that the majority intend to skip the upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, market analyst firm IDC is still forecasting a brisk uptake of the operating system benefiting IT employment and jobs in addition to several other technology areas.

Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 7 is the software giant’s follow-on to the Vista operating system, widely viewed as a big flop among business customers. Indeed, many companies have put off any PC refreshes for up to five years now.

But Microsoft Windows 7 could change all that, IDC says in a new report looking at the potential for Windows 7, and sponsored by Microsoft.

"For Microsoft, the launch of Windows 7 suggests strong growth in client operating systems again," IDC says in its report. "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. This growth will do its bit to help economies around the world climb out of the current economic crisis."

The new IDC research shows that by the end of 2010 more than 7 million people worldwide will be working with Windows 7—19 percent of the global IT work force. And for every dollar of Microsoft revenue from Windows 7 from the launch date in October this year until the end of 2010, the Microsoft ecosystem beyond Microsoft will reap $18.52, says IDC.

IDC is forecasting Windows 7 shipments of 177 million units by the end of 2010. Forty million of those sales will be in 2009, says IDC.

"Windows 7 will be shipping into a relatively harsh environment," the firm says. "But the launch of a new and better operating system will necessitate new applications, new hardware, new planning, deployment and training, and new services. These will drive much-needed investment that will, in turn, fuel stronger growth in subsequent years."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com