Microsoft integrates Adobes pdf services into Office 365

Jun

19

2018

Microsoft and Adobe are working together to integrate PDF capabilities into Office services. Both companies have now made it possible to create PDF files directly from the ribbon in Office 365.

The ability to create PDFs from the ribbon interface of the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and SharePoint will be available this week for customers of Adobe Acrobat DC for teams and enterprise. The generated PDF documents retain their layout and can be provided with a password.

Microsoft introduced its xps format in 2006 as a counterpart to PDF, and thanks to standardization , this had to become a competitor to Adobe’s format. Xps did not break through, however, and Microsoft and Adobe have since sought rapprochement, with Adobe using Azure for cloud services.

Last September, both companies announced that Adobe Sign would be integrated into Office 365 so that users could put digital signatures with it. Microsoft and Adobe have also integrated Sign deeper into Dynamics 365, including through a direct connection to LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

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