This study says Windows Vista will create 100,000 new jobs in the United States and drive $70 billion in revenues for Microsoft partners and the tech industry in its first 12 months. They say that for every dollar Microsoft makes on Vista, the tech industry makes $18.
All interesting stuff, but here’s the brass tacks: Windows Me was a failure, and Windows 2000 didn’t do so great. Microsoft released three operating systems in quick succession after Windows 98, and didn’t get it right until Windows XP. The only thing that matters is if they can avoid that disaster this time around. I’m banking they will.