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Microsoft has been releasing Economic Impact studies on the effects of Vista in various metros and regions, but the vista appears too rosy.

The eight reports (one on Illinois was announced Feb. 12, but unavailable as of publication), commissioned by Redmond and performed by IDC, divine a significant surge in IT employment and revenue to local IT firms during the first year of the operating system’s release, such as 7,150 new jobs in Florida and $3.5 billion in IT spending in the Washington, D.C., (Dulles Corridor) area.

All this seems a little optimistic for an operating system that a significant number of VARs, IT pros and MSPs have said they have no intention of touching for six months to a year.

Additional studies released to date:

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States, where the windfall is predicted to be $70 billion.