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August 06, 2009

Microsoft News - Microsoft Expands Open Source Support with SugarCRM Community Edition

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

In a bid to increase their support for open source technology, Microsoft (News - Alert) has announced the addition of  SugarCRM Community Edition for free download on the Windows Web App Gallery. 

The Microsoft Web Platform is a Microsoft framework for developing, deploying and hosting Web applications. SugarCRM (News - Alert) and Microsoft have had a partnership since 2006, when SugarCRM announced support for Internet Information Services as well as optimization for Active Directory and SQL Server. 

Lauren Cooney, group product manager at Microsoft, called SugarCRM "a great addition to the Windows Web App Gallery.”

Based on the Sugar Open Cloud, Sugar CE, as well as all other SugarCRM products, can operate in any cloud environment, according to company officials, adding that SugarCRM's application "offers a single system for managing customer interactions across different lines of business."

“More than 60 percent of SugarCRM installations worldwide run on the Windows platform today,” notes Clint Oram, vice president of product management at SugarCRM, adding that many of their customers are running SugarCRM "deployed on top of Microsoft Web Platform components such as IIS and SQL Server.”
In November 2006 TMC reported that SugarCRM had announced its membership in the Interop (News - Alert) Vendor Alliance with Microsoft.

The Alliance was established to "connect people, data and diverse systems through better interoperability," according to SugarCRM officials at the time. SugarCRM, selling commercial open source products for both on-site and on-demand CRM, joined with member companies "to ensure interoperability for its customers."

In February 2006, SugarCRM and Microsoft also announced a technical collaboration project when SugarCRM became the first commercial open source application vendor to adopt the Microsoft Community License and introduced a Windows-based distribution of SugarCRM. 

The Microsoft Web Platform offers a way to build and host Web sites, services, and applications, combining what Microsoft officials say are a Web application framework with "a supporting cast of tools, servers, and technologies."

Founded as an open source project in 2004, SugarCRM applications have been downloaded over five million times. Sugar Community Edition is currently used by more than 55,000 companies and 600,000 users.

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David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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