Force.com vs Windows Azure


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Force.com
Force.com is the proven cloud platform to automate and extend your business and deliver the social enterprise. Force.com is an extremely powerful, scalable and secure cloud platform, delivering a complete technology stack covering the ground from database and security to workflow and user interface. Build the social, mobile apps you need to power your Social Enterprise.
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Windows Azure
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any alternative language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
Comparing Force.com vs Windows Azure is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Windows Azure has better video than Force.com



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Force.com has more user-friendly interface than Windows Azure because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Windows Azure is more popular than Force.com

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Microsoft launched new archival storage option for Azure (in 2017)
- Microsoft launches new tools to help enterprises move to its Azure cloud (in 2017)
- Following SAP and Oracle, IBM jumps to Microsoft Azure (in 2014)
- Microsoft Azure appliance makes comeback (in 2014)
- Microsoft and Docker team up to make containers play nice on Windows Server and Azure (in 2014)
- Microsoft Azure now also supports Google's Kubernetes (in 2014)
- Microsoft unveils Azure DocumentDB, a NoSQL database as a service (in 2014)
- Microsoft improves Windows Azure security with enhanced encryption (in 2014)
- Microsoft unveiled Artificial Intelligence platform on top of Windows Azure (in 2014)
- Satya Nadella - new Microsoft CEO (in 2014)

Looks like Windows Azure was recently more active than Force.com (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Force.com and Windows Azure meet head to head:

2014 - Microsoft Azure appliance makes comeback. Force.com keeps calm


Microsoft is launching a new Azure appliance that companies or service providers can deploy in their own data centers. Called the Cloud Platform System, the new appliance will run the same Azure APIs, services, hypervisor, and everything as the Azure public cloud and will be able to connect easily to the Azure public cloud. The appliance is especially interesting considering Microsoft’s previous dabbling into the idea of Azure appliances. It has previously floated the idea of selling appliances to a few large service provider partners such as HP, and even launched a program to help web hosts to launch their own versions of Azure. Both of them appear to have fallen along the wayside for various business and technological reasons, but now the appliance is back.

2014 - Salesforce ahead of Microsoft and Google on the Enterprise PaaS market


Analytical company Gartner published the new Magic Quadrant for aPaaS providers. What is aPaaS? It's the PaaS platform for Enterprise. I.e. these are cloud services for building and running business applications (but not games and social things). So, the first place on this market (with the big advantage) is taken by Salesforce with its platforms Force.com (now called Salesforce1 Platform) and Heroku. The second place goes to ... Microsoft with its Windows Azure. And the third place is occupied by Google with its Google App Engine. Other participants are crowded behind these three giants. Surprising is the absence of Amazon, which equipped its platform with PaaS tools for simple hosting of business applications.

2013 - Salesforce launches Private AppExchange - the own App Store for your company to keep up competition with Windows Azure



Usually Salesforce unveils a bunch of new products and news at the November Dreamforce event, but this year they decided to start beforehand. Over the last couple of weeks, they have already launched the single sign-on service Salesforce Identity, announced the death of Do.com and few days ago - released Private AppExchange - the private app store that any company can create for its employees. And, in this store company can "sell" employees not just mobile apps, but also web-based services and desktop apps. It can contain both privately-built applications and third-party products, taken from the public AppExchange. At first glance, it look like a useful thing only for IT administrator who can create a list of allowed applications, provide app access to certain employees, monitor their usage and pay for all licenses from single place. But it's also suitable for employees. For example, they can write app reviews, discuss app performance with their colleagues and troll the administrator if app doesn't work as it should.

Private AppExchange is integrated with the mentioned above SSO-service Salesforce Identity, so that app installation and launch - is as easy as installing app from Play Market or App Store.

For paid Salesforce Enterprise users this market is free. And for the rest - $5/month per user.