Social Enterprise, Machine Learning Meet in Microsoft's Office Graph, Oslo
The business software maker provides a closer look at technology that the company believes will fundamentally improve the way teams get work done.Microsoft is betting that its Office Graph technology and "Oslo," as the accompanying app is code-named, will take social-enabled business productivity to new heights. First previewed at the company's SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas on March 3, Office Graph is the "new Office 365 intelligence fabric," according to Microsoft. It leverages the company's machine learning technologies to unearth the connections between workers and to automatically surface conversations and Office content as they pertain to a user's projects, role or day-to-day work. Office Graph, while tucked "under the hood and never exposed to the user," helps users avoid information overload and focus on the task at hand by delivering "really personalized and relevant views of their world," according to Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office. This "intelligence layer," which integrates with SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer and Office, is the basis of the company's upcoming Oslo app. Oslo is a mobile-optimized app that "cuts through the noise by showing you what you need to know today, and even what's likely to be important in the near future," stated Ashok Kuppusamy, a Microsoft FAST group program manager, in a blog post. FAST is Microsoft's enterprise search server software, and its engineering team is based in Norway, explaining the app's name.
Hewing close to the software maker's now-familiar tiled-based UI, Oslo presents users with an at-a-glance view of collaborative Office documents and activities. It filters those activities, enabling users to see "information trending that is associated with what you are working on, and the people within your work network," said Kuppusamy. Users can select from several views, including content that has been shared, liked, viewed or modified.