Microsoft Corp. and Intuit Inc. have announced they have joined forces in the cloud computing sphere to effectively cater to the cloud requirements of the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) sector seeking to reap the benefits from rapidly growing cloud computing domain.
The two companies have firmed up plans to integrate their respective cloud services platforms, namely Windows Azure and Intuit Partner Program (IPP), to dispense efficacious cloud solutions for SMBs.
The partnership would see Windows Azure as the favoured platform for the SMBs application development, according to media sources.
As part of this partnership, Intuit has already released a software development kit for its signature IPP platform, which includes APIs for single sign-on, data integration, and billing.
This would enable Azure developers to produce applications on Intuit’s platform, and sell them through Intuit’s “App Centre”, which boasts of a slew of SMB-oriented tools.
Incidentally, Windows Azure, the cloud computing development platform from Microsoft, is still in the production stage, and is expected to be available for general public on 1st February.
Citing the same, Alex Chriss, the director of IPP, said in a statement: “Azure developers that build great apps can get them in front of customers on the Intuit's App Center and actually make money.”
The deal would offer the developers looking for capitalising on the new cloud development platform a chance to have access to a whopping 27 million QuickBook data store users. It could also pave the way for the acquisition of Intuit by Microsoft sometimes in the future.
(San Francisco Chronicle)