Friday, May 30, 2014

Microsoft Join Hands with Salesforce!!!

The hot topic for the day is regarding the new strategic partnership between world's largest CRM provider and the Software giant Microsoft where Salesforce team will develop CRM apps that will be made available for Microsoft customers through various channels as updated below and soon we can see some new announcements from Microsoft on this in the upcoming days.


Microsoft team is continuously making new enhancements to their product line and service through various modes in the recent days targeting towards their "Mobile First, Cloud First" strategy and innovating more in line with today's IT needs and taking their business to the next level beyond imagination in the IT Industry meeting expectation at both ends.

Here are the details from Microsoft News Center on the Partnership.

 “We are excited to partner with and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Working together we’ll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud platform of Azure and the mobility of Windows, so our customers can do more.”

“Today is about putting the customer first,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, “Together with Microsoft, we are building bridges that allow customers to be more productive.”

The companies plan to deliver the following solutions:
  •     Salesforce1 for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. Will enable customers to access Salesforce and run their business from their Windows devices. A preview is planned to be available in fall 2014 with general availability in 2015.
  •     Salesforce for Office 365. New interoperability between Salesforce and Office 365 will give customers access to the content they need to collaborate, sell, service and market from virtually anywhere. Plans include the ability to:
  •     Access, share, edit and collaborate on Office content from within Salesforce and on Salesforce1 using Office Mobile, Office for iPad and Office 365.
  •     Use OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online as integrated storage options for Salesforce.
  •     Use Salesforce and Outlook together with a new Salesforce App for Outlook.
  •     Connect Salesforce data to Excel and Power BI for Office 365 to visualize information and find new insights.
Check the Announcement here: Microsoft and announce global, strategic partnership

Additionally, refer the below ZDNet and Redmond Magazine posts for more information

Salesforce next to be certified on Microsoft Azure?

Salesforce CRM apps coming to Windows and Windows Phone

Microsoft and Salesforce Strike Partnership To Bring CRM to Windows

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