Why Did Microsoft Buy Healthcare Software?

Microsoft's announcement on July 26 that it was purchasing a healthcare software company caught a number of Microsoft watchers by surprise. During his kick-off keynote address at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 27, CEO Steve Ballmer shed some light on Microsoft's thinking. Microsoft is planning to

Microsoft's announcement on July 26 that it was purchasing a healthcare software company caught a number of Microsoft watchers by surprise. During his kick-off keynote address at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 27, CEO Steve Ballmer shed some light on Microsoft's thinking. Microsoft is planning to position the Azyxxi patient-record-management software it acquired as a "business intelligence for doctors" product. Microsoft has some other healthcare initiatives up its sleeve, as well, including Windows Live Healthcare services for both consumers and businesses, sources say.