Starting August 1st, Google is going to begin phasing out their older browsers. Google states that the move, “is part of a trend to stop the use of ageing browsers which can be insecure and not sophisticated enough to handle the latest web technologies.” If customers use these older browsers prior to the phase out date, they will notice that Gmail, Google Docs, and Calendar will start to lose functions, then eventually stop working. Currently, 17% of customers globally will be affected by this if they don’t make the upgrade.
Greenberg gives a fairly quick run through of Salesforce’s ever-expanding vision and upgrades throughout the years. Some of the events he touches on include Salesforce establishing the social enterprise and acquiring Jigsaw, Radian6, Heroku, etc. to stay on top of the enterprise, integrating Chatter for private, company social networks, and clarifying the cloud for their customers and making it easy to understand. With Rivals such as Oracle and Microsoft, Salesforce must keep innovating and making their CRM service stronger to stay on top. More than anything, Salesforce is “genuinely attuned to what the customers want now and in the near future,” and are not just listening and discussing these needs, but acting out on them.
Earlier this week, Salesforce announced that the US Government is going to embrace the trusted CRM service. Hundreds of government agencies are in the process of turning to salesforce.com, including more than half of US cabinet-level agencies, such as the US Department of State. They are using salesforce.com to, “deliver a broad range of services from grants management to electronic medical records and constituent-facing websites to contact centers.” This is all part of the Obama Administration’s Cloud First policy, which drives the government adoption of cloud computing.
In breaking news, VSee has received a capital injection from Salesforce; the amount was not disclosed, but was stated that Salesforce invested “multiple millions of dollars” in the video collaboration service provider. VSee was founded in 2008, and provides “a service that supports multiparty video calling, application/desktop sharing and file transfers over the Web.” We’ll keep an eye out for any more details of this story to come.
Intuit launched Intuit Anywhere on Tuesday, providing “a series of widgets and data services that connect QuickBooks Online data to applications outside of the company’s marketplace.” This is all apart of Intuit’s developer strategy, making Intuit more accessible and “drop-dead easy” for developers to use. The program is currently in Beta and only accessible to some customers, but more information will be released by Intuit in August.