Microsoft and Adobe have been tied by a strategic partnership since last year. The companies announced a collaboration that would pair Azure with Adobe’s Marketing Cloud solution. In March, the companies extended their partnership with three new joint solutions. Now, Microsoft and Adobe are getting even closer.

Today, both software giants announced a collaboration regarding team communications and e-signatures. Specifically, the Adobe Sign program will now be used as Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution in Office 365 and Dynamics 365.

In exchange, the Microsoft Teams workplace chat platform will be Adobe’s preferred service for its Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Experience Cloud services. This means Teams has an important partner in its battle against main rival Slack.

The expansion of the partnership will also see Adobe Sign folded into other Microsoft services. For example, the task automation service Flow will get the e-signature solution. Equally, the Bot Framework will also use Adobe’s service as a preferred choice.

Adobe is also expanding its integration with Azure, by making it the preferred cloud platform for Sign. The company says Microsoft is one of the leaders in cloud services and the partnership will “redefine” modern enterprise.

“Adobe and Microsoft are working together to redefine what the modern enterprise experience looks like with collaboration, identity, data and intelligence at the core,” says 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.”

In a press release today, Microsoft says Sign integration in its services will roll out in the coming weeks. Additionally, the company says it will continue to explore further collaboration with Adobe. For example, by partnering in analytics, intelligent automation, and artificial intelligence.

“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,” says 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.”

Expanded Integrations:

  • 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