Adobe and Microsoft announce new, deeper integrations to turbocharge the modern workplace

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These days, if you’re running a modern workplace — one that is wading through challenges and opportunities hybrid work presents — it is about creating a holistic experience that modernizes how everyone connects regardless of the environment.

Today at Microsoft Build, Adobe is excited to announce the latest milestone in our partnership with Microsoft to improve how work gets done today. Through new advances in business processes and intelligent automation, we continue to give our joint customers the most modern work experience, centered on technology that enhances teamwork, collaboration, and efficiencies. Our goal is to help you do your best work wherever you are. That means bringing all-in-one, digital experiences to where people already work, like Microsoft.

Expanding our shared vision for the digital-first workplace

Here's a bit more about the new capabilities that deliver on our common vision for end users, developers, administrators, and IT decision makers:

“No two companies are better positioned to meet the business imperative of today’s hybrid world — easy and secure digital-first experiences with PDF and e-signatures at the core,” said Ashley Still, SVP/GM of Digital Media, Adobe. “Through the deeper integrations between Adobe and Microsoft that we’ve announced today, we continue to innovate to elevate today’s agile and rapidly evolving workforce.”

“The number one priority for every industry leader is streamlining how business is done with their customers, employees, and partners — wherever they are,” said Charles Lamanna, Corporate VP, Business Apps & Platform, Microsoft. “Together, Adobe and Microsoft are delivering advanced workflow capabilities through Power Automate and Acrobat Sign that will give our joint customers a better way to get things done.”

Modern work in practice

According to the 2022 Forrester Total Economic Impact Study, commissioned by Adobe, when organizations use Adobe Document Cloud and Microsoft tools, everything gets done faster and more efficiently. In fact, businesses report a 30 percent increase in transaction speed and a 40 percent decrease in customer complaints about signature processes.

Norfolk County Council (UK) already uses the seamless integration between Acrobat Sign and Microsoft 365 to automate requests and paperwork, saving them significant time and resources and strengthening compliance with audit trails and real-time visibility. Norfolk County Council saved 4.5 days a month automating signature workflows and even reduced the time to prepare legal documents from 45 to 12 minutes.

“E-signatures were always a part of our plans, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we needed to move much faster than expected,” says Kurt Frary, CTO and deputy director of Information Management & Technology for Norfolk County Council. “Adobe Acrobat Sign stood out for its integrations, ease of use, and fantastic support. With help from Adobe, we went from nothing to fully operational digital signatures integrated with Microsoft solutions in just under four weeks.”

Our new hybrid work reality has turbocharged the shift from paper-to-digital, and no one can afford to be left behind. More than 180 million Microsoft commercial active users including Hitachi, TSB Bank, Clark County, City of Seattle, Sanofi, and Iowa State University have access to Acrobat Sign as part of their Microsoft workflows. Microsoft has also moved internally to Acrobat Sign, which is the preferred e-signature solution across its entire portfolio.

What’s next

Our news at Microsoft Build is an important milestone for our work together, but there is much more to come. It is our mission to continue to innovate together to truly make the lives of our joint customers more productive and efficient. Delivering modern experiences is the way, and it will continue to be at the center of how we work.

Learn more about how Adobe and Microsoft are transforming the future of work here.