Microsoft, Intuit team up on the cloud

The companies will integrate the Intuit Partner Platform and Windows Azure to enable developers to create apps for Quickbooks users
Written by Sam Diaz, Inactive

Microsoft and Intuit on Wednesday announced plans to integrate their two cloud platforms — the Intuit Partner Platform and the Windows Azure platform — to enable developers to create apps for users of the Quickbooks software.

In addition, Intuit will place Microsoft's cloud-based productivity apps in the Intuit App Center for small businesses.

The deal is non-exclusive, but Intuit is naming Windows Azure as its preferred partner, and is making the Azure software development kit available for developers creating apps on the Intuit Partner Platform.

The idea is to link Microsoft's business applications to the financial data within Quickbooks, to help businesses operate more efficiently.

For more on this story, see Microsoft and Intuit become cloud partners on ZDNet.com.

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