DocuSign, the Seattle-based e-signature company currently ranked No. 2 on our GeekWire 200 startup index, today announced a new partnership with Microsoft that will embed DocuSign’s technology directly within Office apps.
DocuSign’s apps, which will be available in the Office Store starting in early March, will enable Office 365 subscribers to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013.
“There isn’t a person or organization that can’t benefit from keeping their business 100 percent digital with DocuSign,” wrote DocuSign Chief Marketing Officer Dustin Grosse. “And the same is true with Microsoft Office and Office 365.”
Office 365 and SharePoint administrators will be able to integrate DocuSign apps remotely from their admin consoles. DocuSign will also adopt the Windows Azure Active Directory so users will not need to sign in multiple times. Documents will be automatically saved in OneDrive for Business.
Grosse, who previously worked at Microsoft before joining DocuSign, also noted that ”today is just the beginning of our strategic partnership.”
DocuSign, founded in 2002, is reportedly looking to raise a $100 million financing round according to a report last week from the Wall Street Journal. The company was started in Seattle by entrepreneur Tom Gonser, a former McCaw Cellular employee who now serves as chief strategy officer. It has 650 employees with operations split between Seattle and San Francisco, the latter being where CEO Keith Krach (formerly of Ariba and Rasna) is based.