Almost precisely a yr in the past, Microsoft and Adobe announced a strategic partnership around Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Adobe’s Marketing Cloud. That, nonetheless, was solely a primary step for the 2 corporations. Today, they’re asserting a significant growth of this partnership that sees them collaborating around e-signatures and workforce communications.
Specifically, this expanded deal implies that Adobe Sign will turn into Microsoft’s most popular e-signature resolution, with integrations into Office 365 and Dynamics 365, whereas Microsoft Teams — the corporate’s Slack competitor — will turn into the popular collaboration service for the Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud.
Microsoft will even combine Adobe Sign into providers like its workflow automation service Flow, and the Microsoft bot framework will have the ability to speak to Sign, too, to test on the standing of an approval course of, for instance. And when a consumer drops a brand new template into a selected Creative Cloud folder, Flow will even have the ability to see this and routinely route the doc by means of the approval course of.
Similarly, Adobe will even make Microsoft Azure its most popular cloud of Adobe signal. This means Adobe’s Creative Cloud instruments, for instance, will see deep integrations into Microsoft Teams.
The Adobe Sign integration with Teams, Flow, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook will go reside within the coming weeks. The Creative Cloud integration with Microsoft groups will even launch quickly, with the integrations into the Adobe Experience Cloud following after that.
Adobe’s Jon Perera, the corporate’s VP of product improvement for its Document Cloud, instructed me that he expects this deal will even make different Adobe merchandise, together with the likes of the Adobe Stock inventory imagery market, extra discoverable, and will therefore drive extra customers to it. The two corporations additionally count on to do plenty of joint enterprise buyer engagements and campaigns.
Microsoft and Adobe clearly share an enormous variety of prospects already, whereas their product portfolio solely overlaps in just a few areas. That makes for an straightforward partnership, although it comes as a little bit of a shock that Microsoft wouldn’t need to construct its personal e-signature resolution. I requested Microsoft’s company VP for Office 365 about this. “As a company, we always wanted a very strong partner ecosystem. We can’t do it all,” he instructed me. “What’s best for our company is to have a strong partner ecosystem. We do what each does best.”