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Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Update Day 3

July 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Update Day 2

July 21, 2009 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

Windows 7: The Great “White Hope” for IT Spending or Hopeful Optimism?

Microsoft Partner Conference Update

Beth Vanni

Beth Vanni

By the end of 2010 more than 20% of the U.S. IT workforce will be using Windows 7.   More than 177 million copies of Windows 7 should be in place worldwide – 60 million of that in the U.S.   These July 2009 projections from IDC align with the level of optimism and enthusiasm expressed by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, as he marched back and forth on stage with his customary passion and salesmanship.
Perhaps even more interesting was the number of hands that went up in the main session when Ballmer asked how many of the 9,000 some odd partners in the audience were already running or using Windows 7.  To my eye, it seemed that about 2/3 of the audience raised their hands.   Bill Veghte, SVP of the Windows Business, reported that over 16,000 hardware and software partners are currently developing on Windows 7;  Microsoft experienced nowhere near this early momentum for previous Windows releases prior to their general availability.  IDC projects that the 85,000 Microsoft partner companies in the U.S. will collectively employ nearly 700,000 people and will sell $18.51 of services and products for every $1 of Windows 7 sold.  According to their projections, the economic impact of this market should total $100 billion in products and services sold around Windows 7 into the U.S. market between now and by the end of 2010. (more…)

July 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment


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