offers Chatter networking on mobile

LONDON, Sept 8 (BestGrowthStock) – (CRM.N: ) will offer
mobile versions of its Chatter tool for social networking inside
companies from later this year as it seeks to make its software
more ubiquitous and its customers more productive.

The company, which pioneered the delivery of software as a
service to companies over the Web, said on Wednesday Chatter
Mobile would be available from later this year for Apple
(AAPL.O: ) devices and Research in Motion’s (RIM.TO: ) BlackBerry.

Chatter, a kind of Facebook for the enterprise, allows
company employees to create and share profiles, update their
status and subscribe to news feeds about their contacts and
subjects they are interested in.

About a quarter of Salesforce’s customers have signed up for
the free service since it became generally available in June.

A Chatter application — smoother than accessing the service
over the Web from a mobile — will also be available for devices
based on Google’s (GOOG.O: ) Android operating system such as the
HTC (2498.TW: ) Magic or Motorola (MOT.N: ) Droid early next year.

Scott Holden, director of product marketing at Salesforce,
said mobile business applications were increasingly important.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see mobile lead the space in
business apps,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Holden said Salesforce had no current plans to offer a
Chatter Mobile version for Nokia (NOK1V.HE: ) devices, although
that could change in future. “We follow where the people are,”
he said.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by David Holmes) offers Chatter networking on mobile