DocuSign Brings eSignature To Office 365

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Microsoft Office has always been an important part of Microsoft's overall strategy, but Office 365 is seemingly now the most important aspect of Microsoft's core enterprise business. The company has been busy securing partnerships that add useful applications to Office 365 with this week's addition being no exception.

Microsoft announced today that it has entered into a "long-term strategic partnership" with DocuSign to offer the latter's eSignature apps across all of Office 365. What this means is that Office 365 will now be able to submit and digitally sign documents without having to leave Office. It's a win for DocuSign as its product will be used in more places and it's a win for Microsoft as it keeps users inside the Office ecosystem.

“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,” said John Case, vice president of Marketing, Microsoft Office. “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.”

Here's a list of benefits users will experience thanks to this partnership:

  • Easy administration and use. Office 365 and SharePoint administrators will be able to add DocuSign Apps for all users directly from their administration consoles.
  • Single sign-on. DocuSign has adopted Windows Azure Active Directory to provide single sign-on capabilities with Office 365 credentials, providing a seamless path to manage accounts.
  • Secured storage. DocuSigned documents are automatically stored in Microsoft OneDrive for Business for full control.
  • Office Store availability. Individuals can use self-service to access the apps and Word templates directly from the Office Store.
  • Continued innovation. DocuSign and Microsoft will continue to collaborate to bring new innovations to customers on the Office 365 platform.
  • “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 Keith Krach, chairman and CEO, DocuSign. “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.”

    If you want to see DocuSign's contributions to Office 365 in action, you'll get your chance at either SharePoint 2014 Conference or DocuSign Momentum.

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