CONFIRMED: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT),, Inc. (CRM) announces cloud partnership

Posted May 29, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT),, Inc. (NYSE:CRM) have confirmed to be working out a cloud computing partnership. Microsoft’s Azure cloud customers would have access to Salesforce?s enterprise software as part of the deal. Salesforce will commit to using Azure for hosting some of its own applications and will integrate data from Salesforce products into Microsoft Office programs, according to Bloomberg.

Microsoft and Salesforce have not always been friends. In fact, Microsoft sued in 2010 for patent infringement. A countersuit was filed and then the companies settled later that year.

Under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is taking a cloud-first approach for its enterprise customers. Prior to becoming CEO, Nadella also worked out a deal to bring Oracle’s database to Azure.

The deal has now been confirmed:
“We are excited to partner with and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” stated Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “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.”

“Today is about putting the customer first,” added Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, “Together with Microsoft, we are building bridges that allow customers to be more productive.”