Salesforce.com has provided more details about their recent partnership with Microsoft that was first announced in May, including word that the promised Salesforce1 app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 is now being tested via an invite-only preview.
While the app won't be available to the general public until sometime in the second half of 2015, Salesforce1 can now be accessed via Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1. The company also offered an update on progress to integrate their customer relationship management (CRM) products with other Microsoft software and services. It stated:
The partnership between Salesforce.com and Microsoft is in stark contrast to just a few years ago, when Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff was highly critical of Microsoft, Windows 8, and the company's overall direction. On Monday, Benioff shared the stage at the company's Dreamforce conference with Microsoft's Windows marketing head Tony Prophet. Business Insider quoted Benioff as saying, "A year ago at Dreamforce we would not have thought Microsoft would have been here, on stage. It's a shock."
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