Microsoft and Salesforce may join together in the cloud

Microsoft Azure could become more attractive to businesses that rely on Salesforce’s cloud-based customer management programs. The two companies are discussing a deal that would make some of Salesforce’s tools available to users of Microsoft’s cloud platform, Bloomberg reported today. In addition, Microsoft wants to integrate Salesforce data into Office applications. It would be an… Read More


Intellectual Ventures inks patent deal with Salesforce, its first cloud-computing pact

Intellectual Ventures today announced a patent licensing agreement with —the Bellevue-based company’s first licensing customer in the area of cloud computing. The company says the deal will give Salesforce access to Intellectual Ventures’ nearly 40,000 patents and patent applications. Salesforce will also be able to use IV’s patents to fend off litigation and patent challenges, as part of… Read More


Concur unveils Trip Maximizer to help sales professionals find prospects

Redmond-based Concur is best known for helping business travelers manage travel and entertainment expenses.  Now, with the addition of Trip Maximizer, the company is looking to go a step further, helping sales professionals locate and communicate with clients. Here’s how the new Trip Maximizer service works: The user inputs their initial travel plans into the Salesforce… Read More


What do M&A executives at Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce really want?

Reporting from TechNW:  If you’re looking to sell your startup company to Microsoft, Facebook, Google or, you might be better off taking a low-key, subtle approach rather than trying to knock down the front door. After all, as Ryan Aytay, vice president of corporate development at likes to say, you don’t typically walk… Read More


Microsoft offers cash to Oracle, SAP and Salesforce customers

Microsoft this morning made a new overture to customers of Oracle, and SAP — offering $150 in cash per user to companies that switch to Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online from the competing customer-relationship management services. The company made the offer on the eve of’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Microsoft issued an open letter… Read More


Microsoft vs. everybody else: The quotable Kevin Turner

Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, was in rare form Wednesday at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles — delivering zinger after zinger about Microsoft’s rivals, including Google,, VMware, Apple and others. We’ve collected a few of the best quotes below, gleaned from the webcast and the transcript. Here’s an audio clip of… Read More