Salesforce.com is one of the largest companies on the planet, and its cloud based software for sales, CRM, and the enterprise is a best seller among enterprise customers. On Thursday, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Salesforce.com, which will help both companies.
The basis of the partnership with salesforce.com is to bring and connect salesforce.com’s customers relationship management apps to the Microsoft Office and Windows platforms. These apps have traditionally been separate, but will be joining together later this year.
The partnership between the two large companies is all about bringing a mobile and cloud-first world with the apps. The customer insights of Salesforce will meet the productivity of Office 365, Azure, and Windows Mobility in one. Customers will be allowed to do more, and be more productive.
Salesforce1 is the first product that will be the focus of attention. It will be optimized for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, and allow Salesforce customers to access Salesforce from Windows devices. The preview version is scheduled to be available later in the Fall of 2014, and a full version in 2015.
Additionally, Salesforce and Office 365 will be optimized to bring the Salesforce and Office crowds together. All of the Office content will be available within Salesforce, and users will be able to access, share, edit, and collaborate Office data within Salesforce and on Salesforce1. Salesforce1 is used by a huge number of customers already, and getting access to their Office 365 data and documents will be huge.
Also, Salesforce will have storage options with OneDrive for Business, Salesforce App for Outlook will be put together to get Salesforce and Outlook together, and finally Salesforce and Excel with Power BI with Office 365 will be delivered to customers. All of these Office 365 apps will make the future of Office 365 for Salesforce customers a lot brighter. By having a mobile professional be able to access Salesforce on their phones, edit Word documents in Office 365, and then call their customers will open the doors to productivity in the future.
This is a big thing for Microsoft and Salesforce. It brings together two enterprise customers and will make the users win in the end.