Microsoft has created an add-in for Microsoft Office utilizes Stampery, a blockchain-based timestamping architecture that verifies and certifies documents. Stampery has added Microsoft Office as a client to improve its customer reach, according to Microsoft.
Stampery provides a public API so users can integrate their own applications with its timestamping architecture and have transparency, accountability, and attribution. The Stampery timestamping architecture focuses on scalability and efficiency while ensuring ownership using cryptographic proofs that can be independently verified, according to the company’s website. The architecture combines bitcoin and Ethereum anchoring to have certainty and responsiveness simultaneously.
The Stampery API addresses the challenge enterprise organizations face keeping records in Microsoft Office.
Enterprise organizations have addressed this challenge in the past by hiring certification and storage providers, but the client must rely on the company ensuring the privacy.
An alternative is to create a hash of the document and send it to a blockchain. It can then not be changed without invalidating the hash.
Stampery creates hashes of documents and stores them on both the bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. To ensure this function, it provides a RESTful API.
Microsoft leveraged the Stampery API to develop an add-in to Microsoft Outlook that functions like a near-native feature to certify an email while remaining in Outlook.
The Stampery API will be enhanced to include secure hash storage so the in-memory object is no longer needed.
The Stampery API helps users deploy the most secure method for storing hash and document. Enterprise customers depending on Microsoft Office can use blockchain technology and Stampery to confirm the validity of documents.
The solution is reusable for enterprise resource planning applications and Microsoft Office products. Anyone seeking to verify and certify digital assets can build on this capability.
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