This story was originally published in March 2016. It has been extensively updated multiple times to reflect changes in Microsoft's lineup of Android apps. This revision was published October 23, 2018.Microsoft's huge investment in software for the Android operating system shouldn't be surprising, especially in the Satya Nadella era. And yet it's still a bit of a shock to search for "Microsoft Corporation" in the Google Play Store and see just how extensive its lineup of Android apps is.You certainly couldn't say that three years ago. When I surveyed the Microsoft app landscape in early 2015, I found some serious gaps on the Android front. The only option for working with Office files was the weak Office Mobile app, for example, and Outlook was still known by the name of its third-party predecessor, Acompli.Within a year, that had changed dramatically, as Microsoft bulked up its collection to more than 80 apps. Today, the core Office apps -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive -- are … [Read more...] about Meet the new Microsoft Phone, powered by Android (No Windows required)
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I've digitally ripped this post up multiple times. Every time I think I've got it down, I have to change something. For the most part, I think I now have it under control. And don't sweat it, my Dreamforce coverage will be coming. I want to get this one out first.Also: Adobe buys Marketo: Who wins, who to watch It all began with a CNBC interview that Brent Leary alerted me to with Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO, on Sept. 14, just before the Microsoft Ignite conference (which began on Sept. 24). Shantanu said this: "That's where the Adobe and Microsoft partnership is so valuable, because ... we think we are actually creating a brand-new category and industry, which is all about digital engagement and customer experience management." If this is not just a CNBC sound bite, and I'm pretty sure it isn't, this is a significant comment whether it is meant to be or not -- for two reasons. Both of which I'm going to address in this post. First, because it is a further … [Read more...] about Microsoft-Adobe’s amazing partnership: Creating a new category?
Microsoft Channel Partners Find Profits in the Office 365 Relationship Management Gap by Reselling Nimble CRM with Office 365 to Small Business Teams SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 18, 2018– Nimble, the #1 rated simple CRM for Office 365, today announced the addition of six significant Microsoft Channel Partners to its global Nimble Solution Partner Program. Launched during Microsoft Inspire 2017, the program enables Microsoft resellers, distribution partners, consulting firms, and systems integrators to resolve small business teams’ acute customer relationship management pains without the high cost or complexities of an enterprise-class CRM solution. Tech Data, AppXite/ATEA, EMIT Solutions, QBS, Logicom, TechQuarter, and Vuzion/Cobweb join Microsoft and a fast-growing number of Microsoft Channel Partners bundling Nimble CRM with Office 365. Other Microsoft Partners … [Read more...] about Nimble Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Microsoft Creating a Simple CRM Bundle for Office 365 Partners & Customers
Nimble CRM: The ‘1st Step For SMBs’ Adopting Modern Office 365 Workplace SANTA MONICA, Calif. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 13, 2018– Nimble, the social sales and marketing CRM for Office 365, and Microsoft North American partner Velosio today announced a global reseller agreement. Backed by expert assessment, training, community forums, and support professionals, Velosio will resell Nimble CRM as one of the earliest participants in Microsoft’s Partner Center Third Party Software Offers pilot, a partner-to-partner marketplace designed to solve specific customer needs. The Business Case for Nimble CRM Is Simple Beginning in June, Velosio’s 200 channel partners can purchase, manage, and resell Nimble CRM bundled with Microsoft Office 365 to small business teams adopting their first CRM. It can be provisioned from within the online Cloud Marketplace, … [Read more...] about Nimble Signs Reseller Agreement with Microsoft Master VAR Velosio to Deliver Simple CRM for Office 365
Some of the most interesting pieces of Microsoft's Dynamics 365 'Spring '18' wave of updates are the under-the-covers services aimed at developers and business analysts.The new Common Data Service for Apps and Common Data Service for Analytics ---both set to debut some time in the second quarter of the year -- are what's got not just some Microsoft partners and customers, but also Microsoft execs themselves, excited. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in a demo video posted to LinkedIn this week, described the new PowerApps-related CDS capabilities introduced this week as providing developers with something "kind of like PowerPoint for building apps." And Microsoft Technical Fellow and Chief Technology Officer of Power BI and Intelligence Platform Amir Netz tweeted that the Common Data Service for Analytics is as being "to data warehousing what Excel was to programming."When Microsoft first launched Dynamics 365 in 2016, Microsoft officials talked about its new CRM/ERP platform being built … [Read more...] about Making sense of Microsoft’s Common Data Service makeover