Microsoft has announced today that the company has formed a strategic partnership with Salesforce.com, to offer customer relationship management apps and the Salesforce platform to Microsoft Office 365, Windows Phone, and Windows. This partnership brings Salesforce's customer relationship management (CRM) software to Microsoft's platforms, after the two companies have been CRM rivals for quite some time now.
“We are excited to partner with salesforce.com 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.”
A Salesforce1 app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 is expected to be available in Fall 2014 with general availability in 2015. Interoperability between Office 365 and Salesforce will also take place, offering customers the ability to access the content they need to collaborate, sell, service and market from virtually anywhere. These are the key features:
- 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.
Head over to the VIA link below to see the press release from Microsoft.