Salesforce Launches Free Task Management Tool


There definitely isn’t a dearth of web-based task management solutions on the market today. From basic tools like Remember the Milk to professional, more project-management-oriented solutions for teams like Producteev or Basecamp, the current crop of tools covers virtually every aspect of keeping you and your team organized. With, Salesforce, which is better known for its enterprise CRM solutions than free tools, wants to offer users a free “prosumer” task management solution that is geared more towards small businesses and individual users. was developed on top of Salesforce’s own Heroku cloud-computing platform and is written in HTML5. Thanks to this, the web app works well on iPads and other tablets, though there is also a native app for the iPhone already (with an Android app planned for next year). is currently in private beta. You can request an invite on or look around the net for invite codes.

Solid Feature Set With Smart Google Docs and Gmail Integration should be especially appealing to users who current use Google’s cloud-based solutions, as it integrates nicely with both Gmail and Google Docs. Files from Google Docs, for example, can be attached to tasks with just a few clicks, making a nice platform for collaborating around them.

While flexible enough to accommodate most task management philosophies, the apps should be quite appealing to those who follow the popular Getting Things Done methodology, as it allows you to break tasks down into manageable chunks.

Free Tools from Salesforce?

Salesforce isn’t exactly known for making free tools. I first heard about when I talked to Saleforce VP Sean Whitely at the company’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco earlier this year. At the time, he also acknowledged that doing a free product like was somewhat of an anomaly in the company’s ecosystem. The app, however, is also meant to work seamlessly with Salesforce’s standard CRM solutions and could become somewhat of a gateway to bring new users to the company’s paid solutions for businesses.

Overall, feels like a solid task management solution. There isn’t anything revolutionary here, but if you’re looking for an easy to use tool for managing small teams, it’s definitely worth a try (especially given that it’s free).

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Spotify: Deal with Sony Just "Days Away" – U.S. Launch Coming Soon?


Spotify, the on-demand music service that took Europe by storm, wanted to launch in the U.S. in 2010, but missed this deadline after contract negotiations with various record labels took longer than anticipated. Now, however, the New York Post’s Claire Atkinson heard from an anonymous “music executive” that Spotify managed to get Sony Music on board and that the company is “days away from signing a deal with” Spotify.

As we noted last week, the U.S. record labels don’t feel comfortable with Spotify’s freemium model. In Europe, Spotify’s users can choose between an advertising-supported free service and a premium, ad-free version that allows access to mobile ads, 320kbps streaming, an offline mode, and access to your music even while you are abroad.

But Would Spotify Launch in the U.S. With Just Sony on Board?

For now, I remain skeptical. Even if Sony really signs a deal with the company, Spotify probably won’t launch with just the music from one label. With just one label on board, Spotify couldn’t compete with other services like Rdio and MOG and the user experience would be quite horrible as you would constantly end up looking for songs that simply aren’t available on the service. On the other hand, once Sony signs with Spotify, others will surely follow – but that could take a few more months…

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