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Microsoft acquires Nuance, bolstering healthcare cloud position

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,

Microsoft announced that it will acquire Nuance for $19.7 billion. The announcement followed reports on Sunday of the imminent deal.

Nuance is a cloud and AI software provider with substantial focus on healthcare. The acquisition fits with Microsoft's efforts to acquire industry specific cloud offerings, in this case grouped around Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. Nuance provides SaaS offerings built on Azure such as Dragon Medical One, Dragon Ambient eXperience and PowerScribe One for radiology, in use with 55 percent of physicians in the US.

The acquisition is intended to broaden Microsoft's total addressable market in healthcare to $500 billion. Beyond healthcare, Nuance offers Interactive Voice Response, virtual assistants, and biometric options.

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.