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30th May 2014

Another GIANT Strategic Partnership for Salesforce.com?

In June, 2013 – it was with Oracle.

But yesterday (29th May 2014), despite over a decade at being at loggerheads, Microsoft and Salesforce.com announced their Global Strategic Partnership.

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

The two giants announced a whole bundle of integrations. These included the ability to connect and share data between Salesforce and Microsoft’s Excel and Power BI for Office 365.

To progress it’s quest and passion for mobile, Salesforce1 will be enabled Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 systems so that users run their businesses on mobile devices. This enables them to access, share, and collaborate on documents and files – sitting on OneDrive or SharePoint – using Office Mobile, Office for iPad and Office 365.

And, of course, integration with MS-Outlook.

But – whilst this is great news for Salesforce.com – there was no mention in the release about what this means for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – its core competitor product!

The pundits say that news speaks to Microsoft’s willingness to go against its own traditions. That’s the whole Satya-Nadella-will-challenge-convention argument.

Another thought: Does this mean Salesforce.com will be dumping Google Apps for Office 365?

More news to come, Im sure!

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  1. 1st June 2014 at 12:22 pm David Nandhra

    Microsoft + Salesforce.com = BFF?

    This is worth a read too: http://www.crmsearch.com/microsoft+salesforce.php

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