In his keynote today at the Convergence conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. Delve is an experience within Office 365 that surfaces relevant content and insights tailored to each person. It is powered by the Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions that occur across Office 365.

Today, we are excited to announce the rollout of Delve to all eligible Office 365 business customers worldwide. We’re also pleased to announce that Delve now surfaces content from email and social feeds within Office 365.

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Using machine learning, Delve proactively highlights key information that’s relevant to you based on what you are working on and colleagues you work with closely.

A new way of working

Companies recognize that the open and transparent exchange of information enables quicker decisions and more rapid innovation. Delve plays a pivotal role by unlocking the valuable knowledge held by each individual in an organization, and making it easy for people to discover and build upon the work and expertise of others.

With easy search and discovery capabilities of Delve, you can learn about a coworker before a meeting, hit the ground running on your new assignment, and stay in the loop on the latest updates from your team. Delve brings the right information to you proactively, saving you the time you used to spend riffling through email threads, asking around or looking for documents.

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 As coworkers communicate, create and share documents, Delve becomes a central place for people to discover connections between their work and the work of others.

Delve’s dynamic card-based interface puts the content that matters most to you and your teammates right at your fingertips. Familiar features like views, profiles and boards make Delve intuitive to use, and ensure that relevant information is readily available, easy to discover and simple to share. And as always, Delve never changes any permissions, so people can only see the information they already have access to.

Delve draws in more content from across Office 365

The Office Graph automatically learns who and what is important to you. Then based on these insights, Delve proactively surfaces content from across Office 365 into a single view, so you no longer need to move between different apps to discover the information that’s important to you. Today, Delve helps you discover content from wherever it lives within various Office 365 apps and experiences, including:

  • SharePoint and OneDrive for Business—Delve surfaces content saved on SharePoint Online team sites or your OneDrive for Business cloud storage.
  • Office 365 Video content—Delve incorporates Office 365 Video portal content so you can discover trending videos relevant to you.
  • Yammer—Delve now incorporates links shared in Yammer so you can discover even more from across Office 365. Soon, Delve will also enable inline conversations so you can share and discuss any content in Yammer directly from within the Delve experience.

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Delve will soon make discovery even more actionable with tighter integration with Yammer.

  • Email attachments—Email remains the most popular mode of communication at work. Now, Delve surfaces content that has been shared as an email attachment, helping you get back to important information, regardless of where it resides.

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Delve now supports even more content types. Attachments in email, links shared in Yammer, Office 365 Video and content from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

Looking ahead

Going forward, the Office Graph will continue to evolve and deliver increasingly rich insights in Office 365, and incorporates support for extensibility to reach beyond Office 365.

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Office Graph is an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to content and interactions across Office 365, to surface information that is most relevant to each person.

Office Graph has mapped over 6 billion actions and interactions within Office 365 in just the last six months, making it clear that organizations have been sitting on an untapped gold mine of business value. As it continues to analyze relationships and deliver insights from across the tools people use at work every day, it will enable experiences that go above and beyond search and discovery. 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.

You can expect to hear and see a lot more from us come May 4-5, 2015 at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL.  In the meantime as Delve starts to roll-out broadly, give it a try and let us know what you think.

Join our YamJam to ask your questions

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Office 365 Network will host a Delve YamJam from 9:00–10:00 a.m. PDT / 4:00–5:00 p.m. GST. For those unfamiliar with a YamJam, it is similar to a “TweetJam” on Twitter or an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” on Reddit, except it takes place on Yammer. In this YamJam, customers and partners can connect directly with the Delve and Office Graph product team to ask questions and learn more about the announcement. Join the Delve group to participate.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What’s the difference between Office Graph and Delve?

A. Delve is a modern web experience within Office 365 that enables you to navigate, discover, and search for people and information across Microsoft. It is powered by the Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the relationships between people, content and interactions that occur across Office 365.

Q. What is the best place to learn more about the Delve capabilities?

A. Please check the Office 365 learning center, here.

Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Delve?

A. Delve is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E1 – E4 subscription plans (including the corresponding A2 – A4 and G1 – G4 plans for Academic and Government customers respectively). Over the next couple months, Delve will also be included in the Office 365 Business Essentials and Business Premium plans. Delve will be rolled out to all customers that have one of the above subscriptions, both new and existing.

Q. Where can Office 365 IT Admins can learn more and prepare for the Delve roll out? Can individual users or tenant admins opt-out of Delve?

A. Please check the Office Delve for Office 365 Admin page for more information.

Q. When will Delve be available in my tenant?

A. Beginning today, Delve will start rolling out to eligible Office 365 business customers worldwide. Office 365 Business Essentials and Business Premium plans will complete roll out over the next couple months.

Q. How does Delve handle privacy? 

A. Delve will never change permissions on any documents. Because the information shown in Delve is personalized, users will only see content they already have permissions to. Also, other people cannot see others’ private activities, such as what documents they’ve read, emails they’ve sent and received, or Skype for Business (formerly Lync) conversations they’ve been in.  You can learn more about privacy in Delve, here.

Q. Do you plan to provide extensibility to Office Graph? If so, when?

A. We believe there is great opportunity to enrich the graph with external content sources and activity streams via coming Office Graph APIs. We are hard at work in enabling these scenarios for our developer and partner communities in the near future.


Category: News; Office 365
Published: 3/16/2015 15:22