The figure of six billion is on every politicians lips but is also the amount of money Microsoft believes the channel can make from selling Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010.
Speaking at the launch of its latest software products in London yesterday Microsoft is clearly positioning Office 2010 as a collaboration platform based on Sharepoint 2010.
To make the most of this integration users will need to work with the Microsoft channel. Jeff Teper, corporate vice president, office business platform at Microsoft said, "Partners will do $6.7 billion of business."
Despite a fairly bleak outlook for the UK economy painted by Matthew Bishop, business and marketing officer at Microsoft, the tech market does seem to be recovering.
"Even though we have the confidence of a new government, we have just sneaked into GDP growth." Bishop warmed that the UK economy was way behind other countries, and sterling was in quite a dangerous position if it declined further.
However, the tech market is finally experiencing growing and the PC market about to return to growth. IT has a role to play in boosting the UK economy. According to Bishop, "[Microsoft's] customers say they will use productivity gains to drive their business into growth."
Experts predict businesses will mainly upgrade when they refresh their desktop PCs. But some will use Office 2010 as a strategic platform.