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Quick Takes: Microsoft up in everyone's business

PeopleSoft is talking Microsoft, Onyx extends its MS relationship, and Salesforce.com does a good turn.

PeopleSoft endorses Microsoft communications platforms

Pleasanton, Calif.-based CRM vendor PeopleSoft Inc. announced support of Microsoft Corp.'s PocketPC Phone Edition platform and newly launched Microsoft Windows Smartphone software. PeopleSoft reported it would deliver applications built around the wireless communication and Web support technologies by early 2003. Utilizing Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft's new architecture, the firm said it is developing PeopleSoft CRM Mobile Sales to bring up-to-the-minute sales information to mobile workers at the point of customer contact.

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Onyx and Microsoft extend alliance

Bellevue, Wash.-based Onyx Software Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced they are expanding a multiyear global alliance to include three new additional vertical markets. The two companies reported plans to jointly pursue CRM opportunities in the health care, telecommunications and government sectors. The collaboration between the two companies consists of joint marketing and sales of Onyx's CRM solution on Microsoft's platform, company officials said. A key tenet of the offering is Onyx's Web services-based architecture for integration and interoperability among disparate platforms.

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Salesforce.com gives something back

San Francisco-based online CRM provider Salesforce.com is furthering its pledge to the community by offering free licensing for its software and services to nonprofit organizations. To qualify, organizations must be registered in the U.S. with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a charity, or outside of the U.S. as a non governmental organization, and have a charitable purpose to meet minimum eligibility requirements, the firm reported. Company officials said the program is aligned with the Salesforce.com foundation's goals of creating a new model to integrate business and the community for creating social change in part by donating 1% of its profits to the community.

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NeoCore teams with Data Junction

Database software maker NeoCore Inc., Austin, Texas, and data transformation applications developer Data Junction Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., formed a technology alliance to deliver product integration and services. Under the pact, NeoCore said it would leverage Data Junction's integration technology to provide connectivity that allows users to import data from a variety of sources and generate XML content from the aggregation of different databases. Data Junction will support NeoCore customers by targeting problems associated with sharing data among applications, thus managing customers' integration needs.

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