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September 9, 2014

Microsoft Office 365 will now have its own ‘social network’

Office Delve launches, shows you what all your friends are working on.

By Ben Sullivan

Microsoft has launched Office Delve, a social network-style platform for Microsoft Office 365.

The aim of Delve is to show users relevant information and connections from across their work lives, and it displays information based on work habits such as what they are working on and who they are working for.

Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management, said: "With Delve, information finds you versus you having to find information."

Delve extracts information about you based on insights through Office Graph, which claims to use machine learning to map the relationships between users, content, and activity on Office 365. According to Microsoft, Delve is the first of many new ‘insight’ experiences it plans to release for Office.

Delve

White said: "Office Graph currently incorporates content and signals from email, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Yammer. Over the coming months we will continue to integrate signals and content sources, such as email attachments, OneNote and Lync. Take a look at this video to see how Office Graph works behind the scenes to power a new set of experiences."

Delve will be accessible to users on Office 365 Enterprise E1 – E4 subscription plans, and starting January 2015, Delve will also come with Office 365 Business Essentials and Business Premium plans, Office 365 Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business plans. Delve will be rolled out to all customers that have one of the above subscriptions, both new and existing.

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The platform is being rolled out in phases, but should be with all eligible users by early 2015.

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