Salesforce on Thursday launched Salesforce App Cloud platform, intended to help CIOs to deliver connected apps for any business need.
The company said the latest addition is the advanced Salesforce1 Platform and integrates its platform services Force, Heroku Enterprise and Lightning.
App Cloud’s platform services also include Trailhead-a new interactive learning environment for all Salesforce app creators and AppExchange- the largest enterprise app marketplace in the world.
“CIOs need a way to develop apps for the connected world,” said Tod Nielsen, executive vice president of App Cloud, Salesforce. “App Cloud brings together all of Salesforce’s leading platform services, empowering IT leaders with an integrated, trusted platform to quickly build connected apps for every business need.”
Heroku Private Spaces, Regions, and Identity are scheduled to be available in early 2016. Pricing for the new services will be announced at the time of general availability. Meanwhile, Lightning Experience will be available in all Salesforce languages, except Arabic and Hebrew.
Salesforce said Lightning App Builder and Components for Lightning Experience on the desktop are expected to be in pilot in October 2015 and expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2016.
Furthermore, Salesforce Lighting App Builder and Components for mobile apps are generally available with the latest release of Salesforce and are included in all CRM and Force admin licenses.
Salesforce Lightning Design System is currently available for free, while Trailhead is expected to be available in October 2015. The company said all other App Cloud services are available today and offer per user and consumption-based pricing.
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