Since fielding a recent overture from another major technology company, Salesforce.com executives have spent recent days evaluating their two clearest options—pursuing a sale to another company or remaining independent, according to a person familiar with their thinking.
In the course of those conversations, this person added, Microsoft appears the most likely candidate to potentially purchase Salesforce, the leading client relationship management company based in San Francisco. But Microsoft is only one of the names on a short list of competitors that Salesforce believes to be interested in a potential deal, this person said, and other bids may well emerge. (Oracle has also been mentioned as a possible buyer.)
Word of the as-yet unidentified initial bidder and the possibility of a future overture from Microsoft were first reported by Bloomberg.