Microsoft has teamed up with DocuSign to introduce the latter's eSignature applications to the Office 365 to allow users to sign documents without having to leave its native environment.
The introduction of Docusign's eSignature apps will make life easier for Microsoft Office users, who will now be able to easily imprint their signatures on documents and complete business transactions more efficiently. The new feature will be available through the Office Store in March and will be integrated into the MS Word, Outlook, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013. It will also be made available to users of Azure Active Directory.
"Leading partners like DocuSign are building apps on the Office platform to help our customers get more value directly from their most highly used applications. This partnership with DocuSign helps our customers keep transactions digital and manage eSignatures seamlessly from within Office 365, where they already communicate, collaborate and create," said vice president of marketing for Microsoft Office John Case.
Microsoft has been using DocuSign for a long time now and this partnership should be a welcome development for companies that rely on electronic signature apps. Signed documents will be stored automatically to OneDrive for Business.
The integration of DocuSign apps to the Office 365 will be demonstrated at the upcoming Sharepoint 2014 Conference in Las Vegas and during another event called DocuSign Momentum in San Francisco next month. Those who are interested to learn about the product can also attend webinars that will be conducted by DocuSign.
Microsoft has introduced several enhancements to its products including co-editing feature of its web apps and email encryption that will also be introduced next month. The company also offered is Office 365 suite for small businesses in partnership with domain name registrar firm GoDaddy.
"We're excited about the momentum behind Office 365 and customers making the transition from their traditional Office applications to all-new scenarios enabled by cloud services. We believe Office 365 customers of all sizes will appreciate the seamless availability of DocuSign integrated into the applications they use every day. The combination of Microsoft and DocuSign further helps organizations keep business digital, and leverages the power of the cloud to help them focus on business results," said DocuSign chairman and chief executive Keith Krach.
The two companies promised that new innovations will be introduced to the platform in the future.
The announcement of Microsoft and DocuSign follows reports that the latter is trying to raise $100 million and have a valuation of around $1.5 billion in its build up for its initial public offering.