Microsoft says its global business ecosystem has created 14.7 million jobs, and that firms that use its technology make more than £3.50 for every 50p that Microsoft earns from it.
An economic impact report by analyst IDC commissioned by Microsoft says global spending on IT will create 7.1 million new jobs and 100,000 new businesses over the next four years.
The research predicts that in 2007 Microsoft-related activities are responsible for 14.7m jobs from an IT industry total of 35.2m - 42% of total IT employment globally in 2007.
John Gantz, an analyst at IDC, said, "The research underscores what we have always known to be true: that software provides a disproportionate contribution to a vibrant IT economy. It also shows the significant contribution made by the Microsoft ecosystem, especially in the creation of local businesses and local jobs."