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Salesforce to shut down Do.com task management service
Do.com, Salesforce.com’s task management service, said today that it plans to shut down in January.
The company sent emails to users today letting them know that the service will be discontinued on January 31. It didn’t say why.
Salesforce.com unveiled the app in 2011. It was built using technology from Salesforce.com’s acquisition of Manymoon.
Do.com was a bit of an unusual offering for Salesforce.com to deliver, as this Venturebeat story points out, because it didn’t target enterprise buyers. Instead it was designed for small groups or small businesses.
Do.com is one of many task management services on the market. CITEworld tried using it to help manage the work flow for the site but found it wasn’t intuitive enough.
Salesforce declined to offer any more details about why it’s shutting down the service; it pointed us to this FAQ that instructs users how to export their data before the service shuts down.
It’s possible that Do.com didn’t broaden its offering enough. Task management is now often one of many functions bundled into broader enterprise collaboration services, like Jive or Yammer, that people use to manage their work.
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