Windows IT Pro Readers Rate Salesforce the Number One CRM Business Application's solution wins top CRM solution award for second year in a row

SAN FRANCISCO — October 2, 2006 — [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that it has received the Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice Award for Business Applications. Windows IT Pro noted that the Salesforce suite was ranked first for CRM solution for the second consecutive year, commenting that Salesforce "beat the competition by a wide margin" because it is "easy to deploy and use" and "doesn't require an expensive upfront software purchase." The awards were published in the September 2006 edition of Window's IT Pro.

"To be recognized by the readers of Windows IT Pro, who understand the complexities of deploying and managing business applications, is a great testament to the significant advantages that Salesforce on-demand solutions provide," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO at "This accolade echoes the feedback we hear regularly from new customers when they see first-hand how Salesforce can transform and improve their business."

Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice Awards were developed in 2002 as a way to let readers evaluate and recommend the best technology products in the industry. This year readers chose Salesforce from nearly 750 products that were nominated in 12 major technology categories.

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