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WPC: IDC Assesses the Partner Impact of Windows 7

Market researchers at IDC are out with their predictions for the channel impact of Windows 7, which is set to become generally available in October.

In a research profile sponsored by Microsoft and released at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) this week, analysts John Gantz, Al Gillen and Amie White wrote that IDC's forecast for Windows 7 uptake is brisk: 177 million unit shipments by the end of 2010.

"For every dollar of Microsoft revenue from launch in October 2009 to the end of 2010 from Windows 7, the ecosystem beyond Microsoft will reap $18.52," the analysts write.

Broken down by types of revenues, IDC projects that every $1 of Windows 7 revenue will bring $10.21 in hardware sales, $4.43 in software revenues and $3.88 in services revenues.

IDC projects that the worldwide Microsoft ecosystem will sell $320 billion in products and services revolving around Windows 7 from October 2009 to the end of 2010. IDC's forecast for the U.S. ecosystem is $110 billion during the same period.

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM