Microsoft & Salesforce Dreamforce FAQ

What did Microsoft and Salesforce announce at Dreamforce?

At Dreamforce 2014, Microsoft and Salesforce unveiled new joint solutions resulting from their strategic partnership announced in May 2014.

What is the nature of this announcement?

Microsoft and Salesforce are showcasing new solutions that connect the world’s most widely used customer relationship management platform to the world’s most widely used productivity solutions to help customers be more productive. The following will be previewed at Dreamforce 2014:

  • Salesforce1 for Windows. Salesforce1 for Windows will empower customers to run their business from their Windows 8.1 mobile devices. The Salesforce1 app for Windows is currently available through an invite-only preview, with general availability anticipated for the second half of 2015. Customers can access Salesforce1 through Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 devices now.
  • Salesforce for Office. Salesforce for Office will give customers access to the content they need to collaborate, sell, service and market from virtually anywhere, with:
    • Salesforce Files helps customers unlock files from Microsoft SharePoint so they are mobile, social and can be used in the context of any Salesforce business process. Salesforce Files is generally available today.
    • Salesforce1 integration with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business on iOS devices and Android phones will enable customers to seamlessly open, edit and save documents. General availability is anticipated for the first half of 2015.
    • A new Salesforce1 App for Outlook will work with Microsoft Outlook 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Office 365 to let customers access and manage their Salesforce information right from Outlook. General availability is anticipated for the first half of 2015.
  • Power BI for Office 365 and Excel integrations with Salesforce. With these new integrations, customers will be able to bi-directionally load data to Salesforce and Excel to build reports, visualize information and discover new insights. Salesforce integration with Power Query for Excel is in preview now, with general availability anticipated for the first half of 2015. Power BI integration with Salesforce is anticipated for the first half of 2015. A Salesforce app for Excel is anticipated for the second half of 2015.

Why is it great for customers?

The partnership is a reflection of both companies’ commitments to putting the customer first. Customers need and want solutions that work together and millions of business users trust Microsoft and Salesforce’s industry-leading apps and platforms to run their business every day.

This collaboration will give customers the best of Salesforce CRM and the best of Microsoft’s cloud productivity solutions so they can serve their customers faster, more effectively and take advantage of new opportunities.