Microsoft Personalizes Office Delve, Revamps Outlook.com
Office Delve now allows users to further customize their profile. Meanwhile, Outlook.com Webmail gets a major makeover.In the coming weeks, Office Delve users will be able to further personalize their profiles, courtesy of a new Office 365 update. Launched in 2014, the cloud-powered Delve app uses the company's machine-learning technology to surface Office content and communications that relate to a user's role and responsibilities within an organization. The latest release builds on the company's efforts to turn Office Delve into a more personal experience for users, according to Nick Robinson, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft Office 365. "The new profile page gives you a place to learn more about your colleagues, providing their contact information, a photo, who they work for and a summary of their experience and expertise, as well as discover their recent activity and a quick glimpse of what they are working on," stated Robinson in a Feb. 16 announcement. "The profile is actionable, too. You can start a Skype chat, call or email to a colleague right from their profile page." Taking a cue from popular social media platforms, Delve now offers more personalization options that allow users to tweak the look of the app by uploading a profile photo, adding a background image and editing the expertise filed. More than just window dressing, the new options enhance collaboration, according to Robinson.
"Up-to-date profiles make it easier for others to find out about you and help you when you are looking for information," he continued. "From your profile, you can also quickly and easily get back to your documents, as well as see documents your most frequent contacts are working on."