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Microsoft's Vista to boost jobs in EU

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista, the next version of the company's personal computer operating system, may generate as many as 50,000 jobs in six European countries in the year following its release, researcher IDC estimated. The growth will be a result of the € 32 billion ($41 billion) in revenue Vista will generate in sales and servicing for companies in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Denmark, IDC said in a report released yesterday in Brussels. The research was paid for by Microsoft. „The 50,000 jobs are directly linked to the Vista bounce,” said Marcel Warmerdam, IDC's research director for European information technology markets. „That boost will not be there if Vista is not introduced.” Microsoft, which is under regulatory scrutiny around the world, plans to release Vista to corporate customers in November and to retail stores in January. Philip Lowe, the top civil servant in the European Commission's competition department, told journalists that he's „pretty confident” that the EU and Microsoft will resolve regulatory concerns about Vista. „Some of these problems have been resolved,” said Lowe, who is attending a conference in New York. „I think that some of these issues have technical solutions.” Tom Brookes, a spokesman for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, reiterated statements he made last week that the company is waiting for input from the commission to ensure that Vista complies with EU antitrust law. Lowe said the EU's concerns won't „frustrate” the release of Vista. (Bloomberg)