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Microsoft Blocks Former Manager from Joining Salesforce.com

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Microsoft claimed that a former general manager of worldwide government with the company violated confidentiality agreements.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has blocked Matt Miszewski, its former general manager of worldwide government from moving to Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) in the role of senior vice president. According to this report on Computer World, a Washington State Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks Miszewski from working at Salesforce.com, engaging in any competitive activities or providing services to any of his customers while at Microsoft.

"'This case involves an employee with knowledge of Microsoft's sensitive customer and competitive information going to work for Salesforce.com, a direct competitor, in a job that is focused on the same solutions and customers,' said David Howard, a Microsoft deputy general counsel, in a statement. 'This directly violates the confidentiality and non-competition agreements signed upon beginning work with our company.'

"Microsoft and Salesforce.com have become fierce rivals in the CRM and cloud computing. Last week, for instance, Microsoft announced special pricing for its Dynamics CRM Online service to current Salesforce.com customers willing to switch."

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This article was originally published on January 28, 2011
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