Microsoft, Salesforce make partnership official; Office 365 in focus

Salesforce (CRM) plans to make its own apps, as well as its Salesforce1 app platform, interoperable with Office 365 (MSFT) apps.

Among other things, users will be able to access, edit, and share Office 365 content from Salesforce/Salesforce1, and connect Salesforce data to Excel. Also, a new Salesforce Outook app will be developed.

Salesforce also says it plans to extend Salesforce1, which has a strong mobile focus, to Windows and Windows Phone. General availability is due in 2015.

Bloomberg reported this morning Salesforce's apps are set to run on Azure, and that a data integration deal is being discussed. The latter has been corroborated by the PR, but the former hasn't as of yet. A CC (starts at 4:45PM ET) should provide more details.

Update (6:00PM): Salesforce shares are up 1.8% AH.

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  • 12639091
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    So, is the what we call 'Partnership' today in technology? SFDC needs to upgrade their database and extend licenses so they purchase more database licenses and promise that the application on top will stay on SQL server...hmmm what is really going on here?


    MS is the winner here. They got the money. They got the endorsement of their cloud platform. In exchange for a great discount...I am sure...MS asked Marc to do a press release.
    Is that stress I heard in Marc's voice? Is that why he couldn't even pronounce Azure correctly?
    SFDC has a mess under the hood....technically and financially. This is more evidence.
    29 May 2014, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • User 13045652
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    On the call, Benioff confirmed it's cloud-to-cloud integration -- not a deal to move Salesforce apps to Azure (beyond what came with ExactTarget).
    29 May 2014, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • 12639091
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    Building an integration from SFDC to Office 365 is NOT strategic or a partnership.
    MS extends ExactTarget usage and SFDC extends SQL use plus agrees to play around with Azure.
    This is a Non-Event.
    29 May 2014, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • Doyle3000
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    Smoke and Mirrors, party of 1, your table is ready.
    29 May 2014, 08:46 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    Sorry if that's the case, sounded like a sure fire winner for both.
    29 May 2014, 09:56 PM Reply Like
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