Salesforce extends Google link with new toolkit

The toolkit is designed to let developers using the platform, a cloud computing service for building hosted Web software, connect to data in Google Apps. is furthering its alliance with Google through a new toolkit that lets developers tap into Google's services.

The two companies inked an initial deal in April to link Salesforce's CRM (customer relationship management) applications with integrated Google Apps. CEO Marc Benioff and Google chief Eric Schmidt. Dan Farber/CNET Networks

On Monday, said it has launched the Toolkit for Google Data APIs, which will let developers using its development platform connect to data in Google Apps. is's cloud computing service for building hosted Web applications.

The companies envision that the toolkit will pave the way for new applications, such as business forecasting and quote generation systems, that combine customer data within with spreadsheet and other functions within Google Apps. said the tool will be posted for free download at its Web site.

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