Microsoft, Salesforce Get Friendly in the Cloud

ItEUs an alliance that may mark a new era under a new CEO. Microsoft and Salesforce.com on Thursday announced a strategic partnership that will see the two tech giants collaborate on solutions to connect Salesforce's customer relationship management (CRM) apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows.

EUWe both view our mission as helping customers succeed in today's new world, a world of the cloud, a world of social computing, of mobile computing, of connectivity,EU Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said in a media briefing. EUAnd this announcement is really about putting our customers first.EU

Nadella Offers Nuts and Bolts

The companies plan to deliver two new solutions: Salesforce1 for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, and, Salesforce for Office 365. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

EUFirst, we will empower people to use Office 365 and Salesforce seamlessly together, whether it's sharing Office documents in Salesforce1 or analyzing CRM data in Power BI for Office 365. Second, we are bringing the leading CRM application to Windows devices, both phones and PCs,EU said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

EUThird, Microsoft has renewed our commitment to using ExactTarget Marketing Cloud for one-to-one digital marketing efforts. And Marc will talk more about Salesforce's commitment to use Microsoft database and cloud technologies with ExactTarget,EU he said.

Salesforce1 for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 will let customers access Salesforce and run their businesses from their Windows devices. A preview is expected to be available in fall 2014, with general availability following in 2015.

Customers Want This

According to Microsoft, new interoperability between Salesforce and Office 365 will give customers access to the content they need to collaborate, sell, service and market from just about anywhere. For example, customers will be able to access, share, edit and collaborate on Office content from within Salesforce and on Salesforce1 using Office Mobile, Office...

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