Adobe and Salesforce unite against Microsoft
October 27, 2009 | Author: Michael Stromann
Salesforce and Adobe announced about their strategical partnership, that supposes integration of their platforms Force.com and Adobe Flash+AIR. For Salesforce it means a huge step forward towards rich internet applications and desktop integration. So now they can enhance these two features in competition against Microsoft S+S applications like Microsoft Online Services. And for Adobe - this is an attempt to enter the enterprise market and to strengthen its position against Microsoft Silverlight attack. The first joint product of the new alliance is Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com - integrated development environment that allows to create flash-plugins for Salesforce CRM or stand-alone flash-applications, working on top of Force.com platform.
Besides, now developers can create applications working on Abobe AIR that serve as desktop-clients for cloud-based Force.com apps. And with the help of Adobe LiveCycle Data Services and Adobe SQLite (AIR local database) it's possible to sync data between desktop and web-server and store data locally. So, enabling offline access to Force.com cloud-application is now a quite easy task. Here is an example of AIR desktop app for Force.com:
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