Salesforce extends Google link with new toolkit

The toolkit is designed to let developers using the Force.com platform, a cloud computing service for building hosted Web software, connect to data in Google Apps.

Salesforce.com 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.

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Google chief Eric Schmidt. Dan Farber/CNET Networks

On Monday, Salesforce.com said it has launched the Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs, which will let developers using its Force.com development platform connect to data in Google Apps.

Force.com is Salesforce.com'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 Salesforce.com with spreadsheet and other functions within Google Apps.

Salesforce.com said the tool will be posted for free download at its Force.com Web site.

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