Last night I was at the Salesforce London user group, it was one of the most organised LUGs I’ve been to!
Firstly there was a keynote from Jim Steele (Chief Customer Officer at Salesforce) with two other customer talks, one from Grant Williams, Sales Director of Blackboard and fascinating talk from Ashly Jones from RSA about their Customer Adoption Story. We then broke into a number of breakout sessions and I went to the mobile breakout session.
A year or so ago Salesforce announced a new product called Salesforce Touch. A brand new way of viewing Salesforce on mobile devices (and snazzy it is too). In the Summer 12 release it went into public beta (If you want access too it just submit a support case to Salesforce). So I wanted to know a bit more so I headed off to the mobile breakout session. The usual safe harbour statement was at the beginning of the talk, but un-usually it was stressed as being very important.
- Salesforce Touch will never support VisualForce. But they said never (but this is very unlikely due to the complexities involved).
- Touch will be available when your mobile device is offline using this new sf hybrid framework. Salesforce isn’t using the HTML5 storage engine as they believe this is insecure.
- Touch will be read only and there is currently no plans to make it read/write. If customers shout they will take a look at it but customers need to make some noise.
- The current Salesforce CRM native apps (Blackberry, iOS etc) with continue to have bug fixes applied to it but no new features. This will mean that the blackberry app will now never support single sign. But they will continue to develop the chatter and dashboards applications. They said they were including chatter in the dashboard app.
- Touch is going to support iOS first and android is next on the list but Touch “won’t hate” Android. This seems to suggest that Touch does not need the native framework to work, so it will work on any compatible browser.
- Touch won’t work in IE6 (which is fair enough).
- Salesforce chat is using the same technology that Salesforce gained when they acquired of DimDim.
- Salesforce chat will support video conferencing but it is quite a way off at the moment (1year+)
So we will have to wait until Dreamforce in September to find out more…