Salesforce Cosies Up With Microsoft For Universal File Sharing

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External files, including from Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business, can be natively embedded into Salesforce business processes

CRM provider Salesforce has announced a platform which will allow companies to access files stored on external storage solutions from within Salesforce tools.

It’s called Salesforce Files Connect, and is being peddled as a centralised, universal file-sharing solution for the enterprise.

Salesforce is ‘redefining file sharing’

“With Salesforce Files Connect, we’re redefining file sharing to provide a simple, single point of access to multiple file repositories,” said Nasi Jazayeri, executive VP of Community Cloud, Salesforce.

“Salesforce is the first to offer universal file access, enabling users to embed any file directly into business processes—no matter where that file resides.”

OneDrive
Microsoft OneDrive

First to be integrated into the platform is Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint, with support for Google Drive coming in the next few months.

Chris Jones, corporate VP for OneDrive and Sharepoint at Microsoft, sounds particularly pleased with the announcement. He said: “OneDrive for Business has become increasingly central to how people store, share and collaborate on documents at work, and we’re pleased to extend even more value to our customers by integrating with apps and services like Salesforce so they can be more productive.”

The service looks to be free of cost, bar those using on-premise storage with Sharepoint 2010 and 2013, which further incentivises the cloud.

With the announcement, both firms get something sweet out of the deal. Salesforce potentially buries deeper into Microsoft’s enterprise channels, and Microsoft endeavours ever forward with its cloud push.

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