Adobe and Microsoft are the powerhouses when it comes to productivity solutions. When you start talking about cloud computing and solutions, these two are also definitely on top. So what happens when you put these two together? Power couple, and productivity like you’ve never imagined.
Recently these two powerhouses joined hands through their Adobe Experience Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Dynamics. The flexibility that was born out of this collaboration is mind-boggling. It used to be when we can convert Microsoft Word documents into PDF documents. That made the document totally final, you cannot edit it or alter it any longer. Now though, through the collaboration you can turn PDF documents into Microsoft Word documents in a heartbeat. That, is one of the many things now subscribers of Adobe and Microsoft can do. They are adding more services in their repertoire though.
Now you can use Adobe’s popular e-signature feature with Microsoft services. What this partnership brings are several added flexibility to Microsoft’s array of apps. The collaboration will allow users to use Adobe Sign feature in Microsoft Office 365 for one. Imagine signing your Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Microsoft Outlook emails on the go, anywhere you are. So much work can be approved and done in that 45 minutes of Uber ride home from the airport.
This collaboration will also bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Stock together with Microsoft Teams. What this means is that now you can easily share your creative work from Creative Cloud with all your team mates. Workflow is plenty more efficient and anyone in the team have access to whatever creative tools needed to work on that single project. This is the very definition of digital team work.
Obviously when you are done with Creative Cloud and finalised the project you would need an approval from the team leaders and whoever involved. Microsoft Teams also got some Adobe Sign love with that to help accelerate workflows and reduce waiting time for approvals. Everything can be done on the go and almost instantly.
Then there is Microsoft Flow. This workflow creation and monitoring tool is a useful app that allows anyone involved to quickly access a unified workflow and monitor the team’s progress on everything. It allowed teams to quickly add and reduce workflows at the same time which makes everything much more efficient and effective. With Adobe Sign Microsoft Flow is even more efficient than before. Decision makers can quickly sign on relevant documents to keep work going at every step of the way.
Adobe’s Sign is already available of Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Sharepoint as the first step in their major integration. The Sign feature in Microsoft Flow, Teams, and Office 365 apps will be available in the coming weeks alongside the Creative Cloud integration with Microsoft Teams. Adobe Experience Cloud integration is expected to come soon after. For more information regarding the Adobe and Microsoft collaboration you can check out their website here. Press release after the break.
Adobe and Microsoft expand strategic partnership to drive e-signatures and collaboration among teams in the cloud
Adobe Sign now Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution; Microsoft Teams now preferred chat-based workspace across Adobe Cloud Services
MALAYSIA — Sept 8, 2017 — Adobe (NASD “ADBE”) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) recently delivered their first set of joint solutions to help enterprises transform their customer experience with Adobe Experience Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics. The companies are now expanding their strategic alliance to increase workforce productivity and drive more efficient business processes. Beginning today, Adobe Sign, the market-leading e-signature service in Adobe Document Cloud, is now Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution across the company’s portfolio, including the 100 million monthly commercial active users of Microsoft Office 365. In addition, Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Microsoft Office 365, is now the preferred collaboration service for Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud. In addition to product integrations, Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for Adobe Sign. Together, Adobe and Microsoft will ensure individuals and teams can efficiently collaborate, communicate and drive decision-making across devices.
Adobe and Microsoft are the leaders in document and productivity software, with a rich heritage of innovating to deliver ubiquitous solutions that touch hundreds of millions of customers through integrated desktop tools, innovative mobile apps and cloud-based services. In addition to the partnership announced today, the companies will explore opportunities to continue collaborating on artificial intelligence, analytics and intelligent document automation, taking productivity in the cloud to the next level.
“Adobe and Microsoft are working together to redefine what the modern enterprise experience looks like with collaboration, identity, data and intelligence at the core,” said Abhay Parasnis, chief technology officer, Adobe. “Together we will develop integrated cloud services with best-in-class solutions like Adobe Sign and Office 365 that help businesses digitally transform while delivering great experiences to their customers.”
“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,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, Business Development, Microsoft. “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.”
The first integrations resulting from this partnership are expected to be available to customers in the coming weeks:
- 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 that speeds up creative feedback, iteration and decision-making. Microsoft Teams integration will expand to Adobe Experience Cloud in the future.
- 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.
“When Adobe and Microsoft team up to innovate, their customers win,” said Jamie McLellan, chief technology officer, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide. “As power users of Microsoft Teams, Adobe Sign and Adobe Creative Cloud, we’re excited to realize the immediate impact delivered by these integrations that will enhance creativity, teamwork and overall productivity across our agency.”
“The most successful companies today are relentlessly focused on helping employees be more effective. Productivity suffers when work requires multiple applications that don’t interact,” said Alan Lepofsky, VP and principal analyst at Constellation Research. “The integration of team collaboration, electronic signatures and creative content provides customers with huge efficiency gains, and paves the way for how people will get work done in the future.”
Adobe Sign for Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft SharePoint is already available. New Adobe Sign integrations for Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook are expected to be available in the coming weeks. Adobe Creative Cloud integration with Microsoft Teams is also expected to be available in the coming weeks with Experience Cloud integrations to follow.
- Learn more about Adobe’s integrations with Microsoft: https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/why-adobe/integrations/microsoft.html.
- Read more from Adobe’s chief technology officer, Abhay Parasnis: http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2017/09/redefining-the-future-of-work.html.