Friday, May 30, 2014

Salesforce teams up with Microsoft to take customer productivity to another level.

Yesterday (May 29th) salesforce.com announced that it would be teaming up with Microsoft that will begin integrating the CRM giant's cloud-based applications with offerings from the software giant such as Windows and Office.

Marc Benioff (left) and Satya Nadella
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said of the merger "Today is about putting the customer first. Together with Microsoft, we are building bridges that allow customers to be more productive."

Recently appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella added "We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world. 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."

According to a Microsoft press release the collaboration between the two companies will result in: 
  • Salesforce1 for Windows and Window Phone 8.1, which will released in a limited roll-out in Q4 2014 and be available to everyone in 2015. 
  • Salesforce for Office 365 that will give customers the ability access Office content within Salesforce and Salesforce1 from Office-enabled devices, use OneDrive and Sharepoint to store data for Salesforce, integrate Salesforce with Outlook through a new Salesforce App, and connect data from within Salesforce to Excel and Power BI. 
SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting and customization company, is very excited about this partnership and makes us even more proud to be a Salesforce partner. We look forward to seeing the way we can use these new aditions to the Salesforce universe to better serve our customers.