Now that "Elvis has left the building" at Microsoft, you may be wondering what direction it has marked for future growth.
In a word, alliances.
It's a dicey proposition given that Microsoft is now everywhere in the world of computing. But that's where it's going anyway with the Cerner Care Console, being exhibited at its CES booth this week.
Cerner is well aware who it's shaking hands with and has isolated Microsoft's involvement to the user interface. Cerner's own Millenium system, which is handling all the back-end computing, is based on HP's HP-UX and an Oracle database.
So despite the booth hype, all Microsoft is really showing is its Windows Media platform alongside Cerner's Millenium system, which is handling the infrastructure requirements.
Still, getting the name and brand in front of patients is bound to help Microsoft's sales force as it continues calling on hospitals on behalf of Azzyxi. (They've got to change the name to Microsoft Health once they come out of development.)
The Care Console provides a way for patients to interact with doctors from their hospital beds, and it lets Microsoft sneak in a pitch for its XBox game machine, as well as entertianment delivered by the Media Player.
It's a win-win for cranky patients, giving them bedside access to their records, a way to interact with their caregivers, and some XBox games which get the grandchildren to visit. (Practice hard and you'll beat them.)