Well, Microsoft has said it themselves, Windows Vista (due out in about a month) will be a huge nightmare to support.
On the official Vista development blog, Microsoft claims a study, conducted by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft, found that Vista will create 100,000 new jobs in IT, and that for every $1 Microsoft makes from Vista, the IT industry will earn $18.
Why would Microsoft publish these statistics? Isn’t that like saying “our new Ford model will create 100,000 new jobs in the car repair industry?”
They’re also letting companies know that, if they buy and install Vista, they’re going to spend 18x what it cost them to install it on IT.
I’m completely mystified as to why Microsoft would make these claims.
What do you think? What does Microsoft have to gain by publishing these statistics?