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The 135 million monthly users of Microsoft Office 365 can rejoice after Adobe announced a new partnership that will bring PDF services directly to all online versions of Microsoft's office suite. On Tuesday, Adobe also announced updates to the Adobe Scan app, the Adobe Sign app, and the Adobe Document Cloud

"Whether onboarding an employee, signing up a new customer, or completing a critical sales contract, great experiences start where the document does," said Ashley Still, vice president of Digital Media at Adobe.

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Customers with access to Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint can turn documents into Adobe PDF files "that preserve fonts, formatting and layouts and can be password protected. You can combine different types of files into one PDF, and even turn that PDF back into Word, Excel or Powerpoint documents, all accessible from your smartphone or through the web.

The new Adobe Scan allows users to import information from business cards through a smartphone camera, and the company spent months working to improve the technology after complaints from customers about incorrect information. The app debuted in March 2017 has been downloaded over 10 million times.

The new features comes free in the Adobe Scan app, which allows users to take photos of documents and turn them into searchable PDFs. Adobe said the new Scan app is powered by its Sensei AI platform and can identify common fields like email addresses with 99% accuracy.

"As leaders in document and productivity software, Adobe and Microsoft are integrating best-in-class cloud services like Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Adobe Sign and now Adobe Acrobat DC to meet the needs of today's agile and rapidly evolving workforce."

Adobe also touted the beefed up security features added to Adobe Sign, highlighting their Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Tailored authorization which meets the government's tough standards and allows them to work with US Federal agencies.

But for many customers, the main highlight of the announcement is that all Microsoft Office 365 users with a subscription to Adobe Acrobat DC for teams or enterprise will gain access to a suite of new services.

According to the announcement, users will be able to "create, manipulate, and view high-quality, secure PDFs right from the ribbon in online versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft SharePoint."

"Microsoft and Adobe share a common vision of the workplace of the future--one that is centered on teamwork and collaboration," said Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office 365.

"Building on the initial success of our partnership focused on Adobe Sign, we're thrilled that Microsoft Office 365 customers now have access to the expansive PDF services from Adobe, right within the tools they use every day."

e-Signatures are used widely across the world and as more businesses move toward digitizing many of their services, Adobe has seen a rise in demand for better versions of Adobe Sign. Since partnering with Microsoft last September, Adobe claimed to contribute to more than 8 billion electronic signature transactions handled by Document Cloud in the last year. They say Adobe Sign is used by more than half of the Fortune 100.

Users will have access to Adobe Sign on Azure in the US in the next few weeks.

Takeaways

  1. Customers with a Microsoft Office 365 subscription will now be able to interact with Adobe's PDF services within the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps.
  2. Adobe Scan now turns information from your business cards into contacts data with up to 99% accuracy.

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Jonathan Greig is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia since 2013.