Microsoft and Salesforce just announced a strategic partnership, which will see the two creating new solutions that connect Salesforce's CRM apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows.
The company announced two specific products: Salesforce1 for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 and Salesforce for Office 365. The former will let customers access Salesforce "and run their business" from their Windows device. A preview will be available this fall followed by general availability in 2015.
With the latter, businesses will be able to access and collaborate on Office content from within Salesforce and on Salesforce1 using Office Mobile, Office for iPad and Office 365. They'll be able to use OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online as storage options for Salesforce, and use Salesforce and Outlook together with a new Salesforce App for Outlook. Finally, businesses will be able to connect Salesforce data to Excel and Power BI for Office 365.
"We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "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 Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. "Together with Microsoft, we are building bridges that allow customers to be more productive."
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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