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Another Google Gizmo? Google Health Platform

In a tit-for-tat battle betweem Microsoft and Google, the latter has launched the latest salvo with the announcement of a Google Health Platform for "early 2008".

After Microsoft's acquisition of Medstory, a firm specialised in health related search software and the announcement earlier this month of its HealthVault which would allow people to gather all their health data in one single point, it is now Google turn to show its cards.

The project is headed by Marissa Mayer, Google's head of search and she pointed out that there's a huge number of users who use Google as the point of entry for their health queries and the health industry.

However, it seems that for not at least, Microsoft has the upper hand with Google doing the catching up for a change.

Information week compiled a list of ten things that Google could do in the health sector; these includes finding trends and proposing services, albeit with a humorous tinge.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.