Could Microsoft Beat Google to the Health-Service Punch?
Microsoft is thought to be readying a Windows Live Healthcare service, as well as other new health-focused portal and content wares. Will the Redmond software maker beat Google Health out of the gate? (Microsoft Watch)The next Microsoft-Google battleground could end up being the health care space. Microsoft is set to announce a number of new health care products and initiatives on July 26 during a press event in Washington, D.C. Microsoft officials declined to specify exactly what Peter Neupert, Microsofts corporate vice president of Health Solutions, will unveil at next weeks event. But the company may opt to roll out plans for a Windows Live Healthcare service, the existence of which has been the subject of rumors for the past few months. For their part, Google executives have been dropping hints for several months about some kind of Google Health service. But when asked during Googles earnings call on July 20 about Google Health, company executives said only that they were experimenting with health-related initiatives and learning from Google Co-Op, and implied that no new Google health-related products were slated for immediate release.
(Google Co-op is Googles platform for vertical search, which the company announced in May 2006.)