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Adobe and Microsoft Announce Major Updates to Improve Workplaces

by Helen J. Wolf
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At Microsoft Build, Adobe announced the latest milestone in its partnership with Microsoft to improve the way work is done.

Through new advances in business processes and intelligent automation, the two companies are working to provide joint customers with a modern work experience centered on technology that improves teamwork, collaboration, and efficiency. This includes all-in-one digital experiences.

More specifically, Adobe and Microsoft announced the following new capabilities for end users, developers, administrators, and IT decision-makers:

Adobe and Microsoft announce key updates to improve workplaces

New developments for Acrobat and Acrobat Sign for Teams: The companies are building on the Microsoft Teams platform to make the experience of editing, commenting, converting, signing, and collaborating on PDFs richer, more efficient, and more personal without having to switch between different apps, user interfaces or separate logins.

In Acrobat for Teams, the companies recently added the convenience of Single Sign-On (SSO). They introduced the Personal Tab, a home page for managing all your recent documents, tools, and collaboration in one view. Users can now directly unsubscribe from a paper without opening a browser or app. These new features are also available in Acrobat Sign for Teams and enable signing from a Teams notification.

Technology Preview of Live Share with Frame.io: Frame.io, now an Adobe company, will preview a Live Share integration with Frame.io at Build. This integration demonstrates how the combination of Frame.io and Microsoft Teams can enable synchronized, interactive work-in-progress assessments.

Future products could allow multiple participants to meet via Teams and simultaneously view content from Frame.io with synchronized video playback on everyone’s system.

Acrobat and Microsoft Purview Information Protection: Users will soon be able to apply Purview Information Protection labels and policies to their important documents in the desktop version of Acrobat. Business leaders must add Purview Information Protection to standard business contracts traditionally shared as PDFs, such as purchase orders, partnership agreements, and service contracts. Only key stakeholders can view, manage and approve these documents.

Acrobat Sign and Power Automate embed: The companies are making it easier for customers to streamline repetitive tasks and connect data and apps by bringing Power Automate directly into the Acrobat Sign experience. Organizations can automate electronic signature workflow and verification across hundreds of business processes, such as field service requests, sales contracts, new hire forms, and IT requests.

Adobe Experience Manager Forms Connector for Power Automate: Adobe Experience Manager Forms provides an end-to-end solution for creating, managing, and delivering mobile-responsive, dynamic forms and documents that integrate natively with Acrobat Sign. Users can connect this tool to Power Automate and start a business workflow after submitting a form through Adobe Experience Manager Forms.

Action items like review, approval, and trigger notifications seamlessly integrate into Power Automate to drive greater efficiency and collaboration.

Acrobat Sign Graph Connector: New tasks on active agreements are indexed alongside data from Microsoft 365 and the wider Microsoft ecosystem. Acrobat Sign users can search for agreement tasks directly in their Microsoft search results.

The companies say that reducing the time to check the signature status and actively being prompted for newly completed agreements cuts cycle times for everything from closing sales contracts to hiring employees.

Acrobat & Acrobat Sign for Microsoft 365 Unified Install: IT administrators can deploy and manage Acrobat & Acrobat Sign add-ins in Microsoft Teams, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, reducing the time to deploy these add-ins for end users.

Adobe Acrobat Sign for Government FedRAMP Moderate Authorization Coming Soon: Hosted on Microsoft Azure Government Cloud, Acrobat Sign has achieved a new level of government authorization, FedRAMP Moderate, which extends e-signatures to highly sensitive processes such as collecting personal information.

Adobe SVP/GM of Digital Media Ashley Still says, “No two companies are better positioned to meet the business imperative of today’s hybrid world: convenient and secure digital-first experiences with PDF and e-signatures at the core.

“Through the deeper integrations between Adobe and Microsoft announced today, we continue to innovate to enhance today’s agile and rapidly evolving workforce.”

Microsoft Corporate VP Business Apps & Platform Charles Lamanna says, “The number one priority for any industry leader is to streamline business with their customers, employees, and partners – wherever they are.

“Together, Adobe and Microsoft are delivering advanced workflow capabilities through Power Automate and Acrobat Sign, giving our mutual customers a better way to get things done.”

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