Microsoft's Office Delve Develops a Personality
Microsoft updates the collaboration platform with people-based search and discovery features and new native apps for iOS and Android.Microsoft is taking a slight detour from Office content and communications and focusing instead on people for the latest update to Office Delve. "Today's enhancements to the Office 365 personal profile experience, within Delve, deliver a richer people-based search and discovery [experience]," said Mark Kashman, senior product manager for Microsoft Office 365, in an April 15 announcement. Powered by Microsoft's cloud-based Office Graph machine-learning technology, Delve analyzes a user's work relationships along with the documents, emails, communications and other signals generated by an organization's Office 365 environment. The app then presents users with personalized cards that display relevant updates. Borrowing a page from LinkedIn, the professional social network, Microsoft has created new mobile-friendly profile pages that allow users to get to know their colleagues better. "The look and feel of Delve has been updated to be cleaner and more action-oriented, and designed to help you find, connect and collaborate with the right people," said Kashman. "The entire profile page is now responsive for a great experience across devices, from 4-inch screens up to the very largest displays."
It's also easier to determine an employee's role within a company, he added. "In addition to core profile information, each person's organizational structure is now prominently displayed and easy to navigate." Delve profiles also display contact information, skills, education, Yammer and blog links, and an "About Me" pane. In a future update, the company plans to add a "Working on" section that lists current projects and an area for "Praise" doled out by fellow co-workers.