Office Delve Wants You to Work Like a Network Conv15

Office Delve Wants You to Work Like a Network #Conv15

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Office Delve can surface data in email and social feeds.

Julia White, general manager for the Office 365 team, made the announcement at Microsoft's Convergence 2015 in Atlanta today.

During the next two months, Delve will be made available to all users on Office 365 business plans, she explained.

Personalized Content

For the past year, Microsoft has been promoting Delve as a solution to buried content. Today was no different. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described Delve as a key element of its productivity suite plans for the enterprise.

Office Delve personalizes the content that exists across Office 365 applications. It is built on Office Graph, which analyzes user metadata from the Office 365 environment in applications like Yammer, SharePoint Online, Lync and Office Online.

White calls Delve a modern web experience within Office 365 that lets users navigate, discover and search for people and information across Microsoft. More specifically, it uses machine learning to map the relationships between people, content and interactions that occur across Office 365.

At last year’s SharePoint conference in Las Vegas, Jared Spataro, general manager of enterprise social at Microsoft, introduced Office Graph. He said Graph helps users “work like a network.”

If the Internet of Things is a global network of interconnected devices, then Delve and Graph are the foundation of an Enterprise of Things that connects people, content and devices in new ways.

White describes it as a new way of working. Delve, she noted in a blog post, unlocks "the valuable knowledge held by each individual in an organization" and makes it easier for people to "discover and build upon the work and expertise of others."

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Better User Experiences

What's the goal? Better customer and user experiences that incorporate social and email data.

Using machine learning, Delve proactively highlights key information that it considers relevant to you. 

It potentially saves time and valuable productivity hours by finding the content you once had to spend hours looking for in email or filing cabinets.

Microsoft has been building Delve at the same time as it has been building functionality across the other areas of Office 365. The result is that it now connects and surfaces content from SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, Office 365 Video, Yammer and email.

What's Next?

Microsoft plans to push Delve beyond Office 365. While White didn’t offer much more on this, she hinted at an interesting future for Delve.

"We view this space as a long term opportunity to deliver intelligent tools and new collaboration scenarios that enable people, teams and organizations to achieve more," she said.

Read what you will into this, but this looks like Microsoft will be developing Delve to surface content in applications outside of Office 365. The question: How will it extend it to work with offerings outside of Microsoft and from other vendors? 

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