While the European Commission questions whether Windows Vista will violate competition regulations, Microsoft has gone on the PR offensive with a report predicting that the new operating system will create huge IT revenues and thousands of jobs in Europe.
Microsoft used a briefing in Brussels to unveil research it has funded from market analyst firm IDC.
The study predicts that Vista will drive €32bn of revenue in 2007 among the 150,000 IT companies in the UK, Spain, Poland, Germany, France and Denmark where it will be installed on 30 million computers.
Vista will also create 50,000 jobs and sustain over one million others, 20 per cent of the IT employment sector in those countries, according to the report.
"Windows Vista will be an important launch for Microsoft," said Marcel Warmerdam, research director of IDC's European IT markets. "But it will [also] have a pronounced positive impact on growth and innovation in local economies throughout Europe."
Four MEPs wrote to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes last week saying that the Commission's insistence on Microsoft ensuring that Vista met EU competition criteria threatened the business competitiveness of European firms.
Microsoft conducted a similar campaign in the late 1990s when the US Department of Justice threatened to break up the software monolith, finding " experts" to say that such a move would cause irreparable damage to US commercial interests.
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