Microsoft and Adobe partner up to improve PDF productivity

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Adobe have expanded their partnership with a focus on PDFs.
  • Adobe Sign is now fully compatible with Microsoft Teams.
  • Liquid Mode in Microsoft Edge improves the experience of reviewing PDFs within mobile versions of the browser.

Adobe and Microsoft announced new features that will help people view and interact with PDFs on desktops and mobile devices. A new experience will allow users to negotiate and sign PDFs within Microsoft Teams using Adobe Sign. Additionally, the mobile versions of Microsoft Edge will support Liquid Mode, which uses Adobe's AI to improve PDFs.

"I am thrilled to deepen our partnership with Microsoft to reimagine a modern, secure, and connected workplace that helps employees thrive," said senior vice president and general manager of Digital Media at Adobe, Ashley Still. "These deep product integrations allow people to do their best work by connecting the apps they use daily — from negotiating and signing a contract from within Microsoft Teams, Outlook or SharePoint, review PDFs on a mobile device with Liquid Mode in Microsoft Edge and more."

Adobe covers the expanded partnership in more detail in a blog post. The company claims that the majority of business files are made with either Microsoft or Adobe file formats, which makes a partnership between the two tech giants a natural pairing.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro discussed the importance of using technology to improve productivity. "Our deeper collaboration has never been more important as companies become digital-first workplaces and pioneer new ways of working." He added, "millions of joint Adobe and Microsoft customers will have easy access to the best digital document experiences wherever they are, changing the game for modern productivity and the future of work."

Adobe predicts that digital document processes will become more common in the future, making its partnership with Microsoft increasingly important.

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