Difference between force.com and salesforce.com?

What the difference between the two? This description seems to be a bit out of date and underspecified.

http://boards.developerforce.com/t5/General-Development/Difference-Between-Salesforce-com-and-Force-com/td-p/138874

Answer

IMHO this is the best aswer: https://success.salesforce.com/questionDetail?qid=a1X30000000btOsEAI

There are at least three different things going on in your post, from
what I can tell

First of all, Salesforce.com is built on the Force.com platform – they
are more or less interchangeable from a technical standpoint. It’s a
mere matter of marketing semantics. Force.com applies to the
infrastructure and codebase that is the foundation for the entire
Salesforce solution. They are enforcing the Force.com concept more so
because Salesforce can do so much more than CRM nowadays.

Secondly, regarding the functionality situation. In this case I think
you are referring to the Force.com Edition in comparison to the
standard Salesforce.com Editions (Professional, Enterprise, etc.). In
this case, yes there is a difference. The Force.com Edition (or
Platform Edition, depending on the marketing materials you have in
hand, what day of the week it is and whether or not your sneakers have
green stripes) is a standard Enterprise Edition (if you buy in
conjunction with a full Enterprise Edition) minus the CRM
functionality – so no Leads, Opportunities, etc. (as far as I know).
This Platform Edition is aimed at providing customers with the
“platform” on which to build custom applications – for companies that
do not so much use Salesforce for the CRM.

And lastly, regarding the Developer Edition accounts you created with
interests in Salesforce.com customization and Force.com platform –
again, just another marketing ploy. Salesforce uses the preferences
you set to send you more targeted information via email regarding the
topics of interest to you.

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Source : Link , Question Author : PartOfTheOhana , Answer Author : Martin Borthiry

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