Microsoft has launched Office Delve, one of its four Office 365 ‘user experiences’ for business customers.
Previously code named ‘Oslo’, Office Delve is powered by Office Graph and uses personal interactions and machine-learning to offer a view of the most relevant, timely information for each individual based on data from SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer and Office. By leveraging information from applications such as meeting schedules, e-mails and recent documents, Delve enables organisations to build a digital memory across applications, creating a personalised experience that boosts productivity.
“Delve is the first of many experiences we will release, tapping into the connections and insights from Office Graph,” said Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office 365 technical product management, in a blog post. “It simply makes work more intuitive and easier to navigate. Instead of having to dig through e-mail, search on Yammer, or explore SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to find the right stuff, you can simply use Delve to have the right information delivered to you.”
White added: “Delve presents intuitive ways to view content, so you no longer have to remember where stuff is stored or who shared it with you. Of course, Delve only enables you to view the content you have access and permission to view – we always respect permissions across all parts of Office 365.”
Extending Yammer’s Enterprise Graph across the Office 365 platform, Microsoft has created Office Graph, which uses signals from e-mail, social conversations, documents, sites, instant messages, meetings and more, to map the relationships between employees and relevant information.
Office Graph is billed as the point at which social, cloud, big data, machine learning and mobile capabilities come together to provide a range of new, personalised and contextual experiences for individuals within organisations. The new technologies offered in Office 365 enable a networked way of working together in teams, in groups and across organisations, which will increase collaboration and information sharing.
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