Microsoft and Salesforce announce Windows and Office integration

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 14 October 2014
Microsoft and Salesforce announce Windows and Office integration

Just under five months since they announced their strategic partnership, and Microsoft and Salesforce are making good on their intention to integrate their products.

Standing on stage at Dreamforce 2014, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows Marketing Tony Prophet said that they will be launching a Salesforce1 app for Windows, integrating the Salesforce suite with Office and Power BI for Office 365, and enabling Excel connectivity with Salesforce.

“Our customers have always been the heart and soul of Dreamforce and I’m thrilled to share the first milestones of our Microsoft partnership here,” said Benioff. “We’re committed to working with Microsoft to further our mutual customers’ success.”

In the first half of 2015, customers will be able to take advantage of Salesforce1 integration with Office, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business on iOS devices and Android phones, as well as a new Salesforce1 App for Outlook.

The Salesforce1 app for Windows is currently available through an invite-only preview, but will be made generally available in the second half of 2015.

“Our focus is on empowering every individual and organisation on the planet to be more productive – and that’s exactly what this partnership will fuel,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “I’m pleased with the progress our teams have made over the past few months and look forward to showing our mutual customers how Salesforce and Microsoft can help them do more from the cloud with their mobile devices.”

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