Adobe, Microsoft Team on Integrated PDF Services for Office 365

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Office 365 with 10 Comments

Microsoft and Adobe announced this week that they have partnered to bring integrated PDF services to the commercial versions of Office 365.

“Now Microsoft Office 365 users have the ability to create, manipulate, and view high-quality, secure PDFs across the online versions of Office 365, right from the toolbar in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and SharePoint,” Adobe’s Ashley Still writes.

“PDF services integrations provide new fidelity when working with PDF documents as part of Office 365,” Microsoft adds. “Once integrated by your administrator, PDF services provide rich previews of PDF documents right within OneDrive and your SharePoint sites.”

This most recent announcement marks an expansion of the partnership Adobe and Microsoft revealed in September 2017. That initial linkup saw Adobe’s e-signature and team collaboration capabilities come to Office 365 commercial.

That was only a first step, Adobe now says, and the company’s joint customers can now “deliver amazing digital customer journeys that onboard customers without the need for paper.” This will streamline document workflows, the firms say.

And more is coming: Adobe’s e-signature capabilities will be more deeply integrated into Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Adobe Sign will soon be hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Presumably, the Adobe capabilities will be coming to the native app versions of the Microsoft Office applications this year as well.


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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Adobe, Microsoft Team on Integrated PDF Services for Office 365”

  1. madthinus

    This is great news for office 365, not so sure for Adobe?

  2. lvthunder

    Does everyone in commercial Office 365 get these or just those who have the Adobe Document Cloud Subscription?

  3. chrisrut

    Well gosh, that's actually good news from the sound of it. Good news for Adobe as well because it gives them a way off the island, so to speak.

  4. bluvg

    There are pretty decent previews of PDFs already in O365. But SharePoint integration with Acrobat is a bit of a mess (e.g., docs stay checked out if closed; you have to go to File > SharePoint/Office 365 Server > Check In). And hundreds of Adobe forum posts over the years seems to fall on deaf ears. Unfortunately, their weakness in SharePoint support is met with equally weak or worse functionality from their competitors.

    Nonetheless, this is promising.

  5. ianhead

    We just signed up for Adobe Sign and I must say, it really does work very well. This is great news.

  6. whgb

    Hang on, "onboard" is a verb now?