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Microsoft Indirectly Employs Millions

Microsoft has about 80,000 employees, but the company supports far more people than that -- 1,800 times more, according to research house IDC. Microsoft-related jobs account for over 40 percent of all IT positions.

I tend to believe these numbers as they were nailed down by John Gantz, an analyst I've respected since I got into this business 23 years ago.

Of course, the fact that it's Microsoft is almost irrelevant; almost any software infrastructure vendor would have a flourishing ecosystem.

Posted by Doug Barney on October 22, 2007 at 11:52 AM