Salesforce and Microsoft are already cooperating for some time, and two companies will build even stronger business relationship from now on. They made the announcement about strengthening their partnership today at Dreamforce in San Francisco.
Microsoft and Salesforce announced that a handful of companies’ products will now function all together. More precisely, Microsoft’s products will now work perfectly with Salesforce’s Lightning Experience, the company’s latest update of its main CRM product.
Two main services that have been mentioned at the announcement are Skype for Business and OneNote. From now on, Skype for Business (which used to be called Microsoft Lync) will be built into the Lighting platform, enabling users to make video or voice calls and chat with each other inside Salesforce. Additionally, Salesforce’s integration with OneNote means that users will be able to view and edit notes directly from Lightning.
One interesting thing about this partnership, is that Salesforce Lightning will be built into the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft’s own CRM tool. This proves that Microsoft will be ‘more open’ to even let competing products to work with its tool, all for the sake of better product. And the last ‘software announcement’ is that Salesforce plans to introduce a Salesforce 1 app for Windows 10 Mobile, providing leading mobile cloud tool for Windows 10.
Companies clearly saw huge mutual benefit in working with each other, as Microsoft will get access to the massive Salesforce.com’s cloud customer base, and Salesforce will satisfy its users by working with Microsoft tools, which are used by many of its customers.
Here’s what Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said about the extension of partnership: “Furthering our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, is the motivating force behind our partnership with Salesforce.” Nadella added: “As a platform and productivity company, we are focused on bringing together the best of Microsoft Azure, Office and Windows with partners like Salesforce to empower our mutual customers to network, collaborate, communicate and discover information in more effective ways.”
Microsoft and Salesforce are working together for the past couple of years, but things weren’t so smooth before. Namely, two companies were on the warpath in May 2012, when Microsoft sued Salesforce claiming copyright infringement, and Saleforce returned ‘the favor’ and sued Microsoft in June the same year. But obviously these days are behind them now, and working together instead of suing each other proved to be much better solution for both companies and their customers.
Suing wasn’t the only part of these two companies’ history, namely some rumors say that Salesforce rejected a $55 billion offer from Microsoft this past spring, as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was reportedly demanding $70 billion. But even if they’re still two separate companies, it looks like everything is going well now, and the cooperation is better than ever.