Salesforce is coming to Office 365

Office 365 is constantly growing, changing, being updated, and getting great new features. And next week, we’ll focus on some of the neat new stuff that’s being rolled out this spring. But an announcement made late last week caught our attention because it’s one of the most requested add-ons.

Microsoft and Salesforce have inked a deal that will bring a Salesforce app to Windows mobile devices, especially Surface tablets and Windows phones, and to Office 365 this fall.

What makes the deal so surprising is that it represents a 180-degree turnabout for the two technology firms. Microsoft and Salesforce have been engaged in a bitter war of words, not to mention patent infringement lawsuits, in recent years, as CMS Wire reported last week. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has famously been quoted as calling Microsoft a “disaster” and a “patent troll.”

The strategic partnership is seen as a win for both companies. Salesforce customers will have the opportunity to connect with Outlook, Excel and Power BI. Microsoft users will gain access to popular Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools.

Salesforce for Office 365 will give Salesforce users access to the storage capacity of OneDrive for Business and the flexibility of SharePoint Online. A mobile app called Salesforce1 will provide access via Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Top executives at both companies have deflected questions about what the deal means for Dynamics, Microsoft’s existing CRM product, which is currently available as an add-on to Office 365.

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