Microsoft lets customers Delve into Office 365 data

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Software giant to offer information and people discovery tool to Office 365 users

Microsoft has unveiled Office Delve, a new tool that will allow users of its Office 365 productivty suite to find people and data across environments.

The service, previously codenamed Oslo, will display information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging.

The service uses machine learning so that information is presented to users rather than making them find the information themselves.

This data is presented in a card-based format that the firm promises will be easy to understand and use. Microsoft was quick to point out that Office 365 only enables users to look at data they have permission to view.

“Delve simply makes work more intuitive and easier to navigate,” says Julia White, general manager of Office 365 technical product management. “Instead of having to dig through email, 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.”

The service looks for information from OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Yammer.  Over the next few months, it will also incorporate data from email attachments, OneNote and Lync. 

The service, currently in limited preview, will be rolled out to customers in phases over the next few months.  Administrators can get the new feature ahead of others by opting in to receive service updates on first release.

“We expect Delve to roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers by early 2015. For the Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business customers, first release rollout will begin in January 2015,” said White.

She added that Delve is the first of many “experiences” that will tap into “the connections and insights from Office Graph”.

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