Microsoft today announced an expanded strategic alliance with Adobe, aimed "increasing workforce productivity and driving more efficient business processes." As part of the strategic alliance, Adobe Sign will become Microsoft's preferred e-signature solution across the company's range of products. Also part of the partnership, Microsoft Teams will become the preferred collaboration service for Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Experience Cloud.
Customers should be seeing the first results of this strategic alliance in the weeks ahead. There are several ways which the alliance will impact customers, especially in Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft explains what customers will soon be seeing.
- Integration between Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Sign will deliver fast, secure electronic signing across Office 365, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook, so that signing documents electronically, on any device, can become an everyday experience.
- Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Stock integration with Microsoft Teams will give Adobe’s creative customers access to a world-class collaboration workspace.
- Adobe Sign integration with Microsoft Teams will accelerate electronic agreement creation, approval and signature processes across teams. The Adobe Sign app in Microsoft Teams includes a tab to send documents for signature and a bot that allows team members to manage and track documents.
- Adobe Sign integration with Microsoft Flow will allow users to build end-to-end digital workflows by adding Adobe Sign to any Microsoft Flow process. In the coming months, organizations will benefit from Flow integration with other Microsoft applications such as SharePoint, Dynamics and OneDrive.
Microsoft is saying that this expanded strategic alliance will empower every person and organization to achieve more. Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, business development, Microsoft, reflected on this.
"Together with Adobe, we’re committed to fostering creativity and a culture of teamwork for our shared customers, so they can unlock the opportunities of today’s rapidly evolving workplace... We’re thrilled that our partnership with Adobe has now grown to span our three clouds — Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 — providing customers with the powerful integrations they need to navigate digital transformation."
More detailed information about current and upcoming Microsoft and Adobe integrations are available here. For now, it's best to keep tuned for more information, as Microsoft has shared that more integrations will be coming in the weeks and months ahead. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.