Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff knew the conversation would be special, so on the opening day of Dreamforce, Salesforce’s user conference in San Francisco this week, he brought Microsoft Windows Vice President Tony Prophet on stage for a fireside chat.
After some genuine, inspirational, heart-to-heart talk about their mutual charitable work at Benioff’s Children’s Hospital at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), among other things, Benioff dropped his jaw.
"A year ago at Dreamforce we would not have thought Microsoft would have been here, on stage,” he said. “It's a shock."
And to him it certainly seemed to be, and for good reason. But are things always what they seem?