Microsoft has entered into a long-term partnership with digital signature service DocuSign, giving Office 365 e-signature capabilities.
The deal will see DocuSign available in the Office Store, giving users the ability to issue five documents to be signed free. To issue more than five documents, businesses must sign up for a yearly contract, the price of which varies depending on the size of the enterprise.
DocuSign will integrate with Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013, and will work with Azure Active Directory to enable single sign-on for users with Office 365 credentials. In a joint statement, Microsoft and DocuSign promised to "collaborate to bring new innovations to customers" via the Office 365 platform.
Keith Krach, chief executive of DocuSign, said: "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.
"The combination of Microsoft and DocuSign further helps organisations keep business digital, and leverages the power of the cloud to help them focus on business results."
DocuSign is not the only digital signature product available in the Office Store, with other premium tools such as HelloSign also available free. DocuSign is also already present on the Office Store in the form of DocuSign Ink, which was released in July 2012.
Going paperless is becoming an increasingly important business task for IT departments, with the UK's public sector under particular pressure to lead the curve of going completely paperless. The NHS, for example, will have to go completely paperless by 2018.
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