Docstoc, the online store for high-quality professional and business documents that made its debut at the TechCrunch40 conference back in 2007, today announced that it has partnered with Microsoft to sell its content directly to Microsoft Office users from within the Office applications. When Office users search for templates, they will now encounter Docstoc as a provider and can start the purchasing process from right inside Office.
Currently, as Docstoc co-founder and CTO Alon Shwartz tells us, 10 Docstoc templates are available in Microsoft’s library (Partnership Agreement, Promissory Note, Resignation Letters, Power of Attorney, Buy-Sell Agreement, Independent Contractor Agreement, Employee Confidentiality Agreement, Offer to Purchase Real Estate, Contract for Sale of Goods and Non-disclosure Agreement). All of them retail for $24.95. In addition, Docstoc has also built an Office 365 and Office 2013 application that gives users direct access to all of the documents in the company’s library.
As Docstoc notes, this partnership “aims to be a cost-effective option for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses alike, who often lack the funds to buy the needed software.” Shwartz also told us that Microsoft chose to partner with his company because it believes “that the combination of our existing winning technology, high-quality content, deep understanding of the market, and successful experience with monetization of content is the best recipe for success.”
Docstoc has more than 25 million registered users and has created over 12,000 templates and forms since its launch in 2007 (and there are millions of additional documents available on the service, too). Docstoc offers free and paid memberships, as well as the option to buy one-off documents on demand.