Adobe announced its partnership with Microsoft to reinvent the future of work. Together, we’re exploring new ways to meet our joint customers where they’re at in order to help employees and businesses thrive in an ever-changing hybrid world.
As we enter a new chapter — the biggest transformation in how we work since World War II — it is critical to give employees modern tools to collaborate seamlessly, no matter where the team is or what device they are using. In this new environment, where documents are the currency of business, businesses must adapt to deliver against customer and employee demand for digital-first everything. We’re really excited about finding unique ways to further integrate Adobe and Microsoft’s core productivity tools to unlock endless possibilities that come with the burdens of ineffective collaboration in the modern workplace.
This new initiative builds on years of Adobe and Microsoft working together on a common vision of the future workplace and transforming digital experiences. It is centered on deeply embedding Adobe’s industry leading PDF, e-Signature and document automation capabilities within the place businesses do their best work — in Microsoft 365. Together, Microsoft and Adobe file formats are the majority of business files — and no two companies are better positioned to affect the way we work.
For example, Clark County, Nevada — home to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip — has Adobe Sign and its integrations with Microsoft 365 at the core of its digital transformation to keep county operations running during the pandemic. With 10,000 employees across 140 locations, Clark County was able to deliver on what businesses need while meeting their sustainability goals — marked by reducing its paper waste by 75 percent and facilitate invoice signatures from days to hours.
“I am thrilled to deepen our partnership with Microsoft to reimagine a modern, secure, and connected workplace that helps employees thrive,” said Ashley Still, senior vice president and general manager of Digital Media at Adobe. “These deep product integrations allow people to do their best work by connecting the apps they use daily — from negotiating and signing a contract from within Microsoft Teams, Outlook or SharePoint, review PDFs on a mobile device with Liquid Mode in Microsoft Edge and more.”
Remote and hybrid work have ushered in new opportunities for digital collaboration and streamlined productivity. According to recent Adobe research, “The Future of Time — an Adobe Report,” a third of the workweek is spent on unimportant tasks, and a vast majority of enterprise workers (86 percent) and small business leaders (83 percent) report that unimportant tasks like managing files and business documents get in the way of doing their jobs effectively. As a result, half are working longer than they’d like. And at Microsoft, the company examined employee’s technology usage and found the average workweek increased 10 percent after the shift to remote work.
“Our deeper collaboration has never been more important as companies become digital-first workplaces and pioneer new ways of working,” said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “We’re expanding our partnership with Adobe to solve the productivity paradox and make digital work and life as creative, collaborative, and efficient as possible. Millions of joint Adobe and Microsoft customers will have easy access to the best digital document experiences wherever they are, changing the game for modern productivity and the future of work.”
The remote world has indeed turbocharged the paper-to-digital transition. In Adobe Sign, the preferred e-signature solution across Microsoft’s entire portfolio, the number of digitally signed agreements increased 17x in the past two years. More than 180 million Microsoft commercial active users have access to Adobe Sign as part of their Microsoft workflows. Hitachi, TSB Bank, Sanofi, State of Hawaii, and the Iowa State University Foundation already use Microsoft and Adobe Sign to get work done faster and more effectively.
Digital document processes will only continue to grow exponentially as experiences are reimagined with a flexibility-first mindset. We look forward to unveiling new solutions and integrations that set the bar for digital experience standards as we embark on a new chapter. Stay tuned for what’s next.