Salesforce debuts Dropbox rival ‘Chatterbox’

13/09/2012

Salesforce.com is preparing to roll out a competing product to popular file-sharing and online storage service Dropbox. The announcement was made by CEO Marc Benioff TechCruch’s Disrupt event, who also revealed Salesforce’s new identity management system that could rival companies like Okta.

"Our customers have come to us and said we want a Dropbox for the enterprise," Benioff said. "So we have to step up."

The product will be called Chatterbox, a name that echoes Salesforce.com's Chatter collaboration tool.

It's set for discussion during the company's Dreamforce conference, which starts next week.
Also on deck is Salesforce.com Identity, which, like Okta, provides single sign-on for multiple cloud applications at once. "Our customers have asked us to do the same thing," Benioff said.
It wasn't clear whether the new products would become generally available next week, or simply unveiled in more detail.

Benioff's revelations added to what will be a packed agenda at Dreamforce, where Salesforce.com is also expected to discuss its new Work.com human resources software and a new Marketing Cloud.

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