On March 16, 2015, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced the rollout of Delve and Office Graph to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. These truly innovative technologies marry search, big data, and enterprise social networking to change the story about how users find and discover information and each other.
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In a nutshell, Office Graph is an engine—powered by Office 365 and the Microsoft cloud—that tracks what Microsoft calls “signals” and uses those signals to understand the relationship between users and the interactions between users and information. Office Graph is like the love-child of search, (what can truly be called) enterprise social networking, and big data. It uses machine learning to map the relationships between people, content and activities—those “signals” are called “emergent connections” by social media and machine learning experts. Office Graph represents one of Microsoft’s efforts toward its vision of “Ubiquitous Computing & Ambient Intelligence”—specifically toward ambient intelligence, where machines learn by watching us, rather than simply follow instructions.
During the six months long period of pre-release, Office Graph has mapped over 6 billion actions and interactions within Office 365!
Office Delve is a user-facing application that surfaces information that is determined as relevant to the user based on the information in Office Graph. Delve presents its content using a card metaphor, making content easily consumable across device form factors, and earning Delve regular comparisons to a “Flipboard for the enterprise.”
In December 2014, IT Unity stepped up to help the SharePoint & Office 365 communities succeed with Delve & Office Graph. We provided starting points for everything you need to understand, plan for, implement and develop for two of the most potentially revolutionary services Microsoft has released.
If you want to learn more about these revolutionary new technologies, visit our Delve Central, where you can find numerous articles, “First Time with Delve” stories, webinars and more!