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Adobe and Microsoft team up for 'the future of work'

Posted Sep 7, 2017 by James Walker
Adobe and Microsoft have announced a partnership designed to define the "future of work" through digital transformation. The two productivity companies are pushing a strategic alliance that will see them work together to digitally transform workforces.
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Microsoft Campus
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The partnership comprises two distinct components, Adobe and Microsoft explained in a joint announcement today. The first part is a unison between Microsoft's Office 365 enterprise suite and Adobe Sign, Adobe's e-signature software.
Sign is positioned to streamline workflows by automating a previously non-digital process, letting workers sign documents anywhere they are. It'll now integrate with Office to allow documents to be signed and tracked from within Word, OneDrive and other products.
The second piece of the partnership links Microsoft Teams to Adobe's Creative, Document and Experience Clouds. Teams will become the "preferred collaboration service" in Adobe's world-renowned creative and productivity software suites. Customers of its Cloud ranges will receive built-in access to Teams, enabling communication between co-workers and wider enterprise divisions.
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Office 365 Business Center
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"Unlocking opportunities"
That isn't all Adobe and Microsoft have in store. The broader plans for the partnership include collaboration on digitisation technologies, AI, machine learning, analytics and cloud services.
Both firms already have products in each of these areas, such as Adobe Sensei and Microsoft Azure in AI and cloud. However, they each have different specialisms that can be combined into a more powerful product, underscoring the aims behind the alliance.
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"Adobe and Microsoft are working together to redefine what the modern enterprise experience looks like with collaboration, identity, data and intelligence at the core," said Abhay Parasnis, chief technology officer at 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."
"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," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, Business Development, at 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."
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Microsoft Teams
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"Differentiated Experiences"
The long-term plan is tied down to workforce transformation. Adobe and Microsoft are both pivoting towards making digital transformation their core business mission. As more industries transition to a digital-first model, demand for interlinking software solutions is expected to dramatically increase.
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In the networked future of business, companies will demand clouds, analytics services and automation platforms that seamlessly work with each other. Isolated products will be overlooked if they can't connect to a company’s existing data pool. However accomplished Microsoft's and Adobe's products may be individually, it’s only when they're combined that their value is maximised. Adobe describes the result as a "differentiated experience," offering enterprises, IT departments and employees a seamless work environment that adapts around them.