Microsoft has inked a deal with Salesforce that will see the customer relationship management (CRM) provider roll out its Salesforce1 cloud platform onto Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.
The companies announced the deal on Microsoft's blog, promising a preview version of Salesforce1 will arrive by the end of 2014, with the final version following later on at an unspecified point in 2015.
Salesforce1 was unveiled on 18 November 2013 and is designed to help independent software developers (ISVs) build and distribute sales, service and marketing apps. Salesforce recently added more tools to the app at an event in London.
The partnership will also see Microsoft integrate Salesforce services into Office 365. Microsoft's OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online will also be added as integrated storage options for Salesforce services. Finally the two companies announced plans to release a new Salesforce App for Outlook.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed by Microsoft and Salesforce. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the move is an essential step in the firm's bid to become a cloud and mobile first company.
"We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world," said Nadella.
"Working together we'll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud platform of Azure and the mobility of Windows, so our customers can do more."
Salesforce is the second big cloud services CRM provider to announce a partnership with Microsoft in recent weeks. Microsoft and SAP announced plans to work more closely when creating cloud computing, data access and mobile software earlier in May. The strategy will see a raft of SAP software accredited for Microsoft Azure.
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