February 18, 2014
Microsoft has forged a long-term partnership with DocuSign to make business transactions quicker and easier for users of Office 365.
The cloud-based company’s eSignature apps, which will be available from within Office 365 early next month, will enable Office 365 users to submit and sign documents without having to leave Microsoft’s Office apps.
“Leading partners like DocuSign are building apps on the Office platform to help our customers get more value directly from their most highly used applications,” Microsoft Office marketing vice-president John Case said in a press release.
“This partnership with DocuSign helps our customers keep transactions digital and manage eSignatures seamlessly from within Office 365, where they already communicate, collaborate and create.”
DocuSign’s apps, which will be available in the Office Store, will include integration within Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013.
Microsoft said there will be a number of benefits to Office 365 users such as:
• The ability for Office 365 and SharePoint administrators to add DocuSign apps for all users directly from their administration consoles.
• Single sign-on capabilities with Office 365 credentials.
• Storage for all DocuSigned documents in Microsoft OneDrive for Business.
• Self-service to access the apps and Word templates directly from the Office Store.
“We’re excited about the momentum behind Office 365 and customers making the transition from their traditional Office applications to all-new scenarios enabled by cloud services,” said DocuSign CEO Keith Krach.
“We believe Office 365 customers of all sizes will appreciate the seamless availability of DocuSign integrated into the applications they use every day. The combination of Microsoft and DocuSign further helps organizations keep business digital, and leverages the power of the cloud to help them focus on business results.”
The companies also said they will continue to work together to bring new options to Office 365 users in the future.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.