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New Office Delve People Experiences in Office 365
A company’s most important assets are its people—YOU. The knowledge and experience of you and your colleagues collectively brings great value to your company. And as you communicate and work out loud together within Office 365, the value of your work can be surfaced and discovered by others in Delve.
Today, we are announcing enhancements to Office 365 that leverage Delve for easier people-based discovery and greater self-expression:
People-based search and discovery
Sometimes you want to search and discover content based on a keyword or topic, but often you want to learn more about a specific person and what’s trending around them. Today’s enhancements to the Office 365 personal profile experience, within Delve, deliver a richer people-based search and discovery.
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. The entire profile page is now responsive for a great experience across devices, from 4-inch screens up to the very largest displays. In addition to core profile information, each person’s organizational structure is now prominently displayed and easy to navigate. And there are numerous ways to get to someone’s profile: a Delve people search, clicking their name in OneDrive for Business or Outlook Web App (OWA), clicking About me and more.
The new Profile experience in Delve, alongside the person’s Activity, promotes their About me information, ways to Contact them, their Organization structure, Blog and more. Note: some of the features pictured above, like Working on and Praise, will ship in the near future after today’s announcement.
Learn more how to view and edit your profile and how you can find people and information in Delve—both articles have been updated to correspond with the changes announced today.
A new way to express yourself in Office 365
You will also notice a new section in your profile, Blog. We improved things to make it easy for you to express yourself within your organization in a more modern way. When you have new information or a point of view to share, simply click start writing in the Blog section of your profile.
The new tool allows you to both edit and view pages from your mobile device, auto-saving as you go. It also provides the ability to post pages directly to Yammer, automatically creating friendly, readable URLs. And because it’s integrated across Office 365, it’s easy to embed documents inline from OneDrive for Business, videos from Office 365 Video, even photos from your desktop. And finally, it’s fast, modern and ready-to-go.
This internal blogging tool is the first Office 365 experience to use the authoring canvas, a completely new page authoring platform for Office 365. Today, the authoring canvas helps you create engaging blog posts, and in the future, it will be enabled for use in creating various types of pages in Office 365, including those for individual profiles, Office 365 Groups and future NextGen Portals. And the authoring canvas will be backed by enterprise-grade, content management capabilities such as scheduling, versioning, compliance and taxonomy.
(Left)The new authoring canvas in desktop edit mode. The inline toolbox pop-up helps you easily add content. (Right) Viewing a page on a mobile device.
Office Delve goes mobile—unlocking better discovery through people
We are excited to introduce Delve mobile apps for Android and iPhone, ensuring that connecting, discovering and sharing information with others is easy, even on the go. These mobile apps can notify you about updates to files you are actively engaged with at any given time. You can even receive notifications on your connected Android Wear.
Take a quick look at this video to see how Delve mobile works:
No matter how busy life gets, Delve has you covered, connecting you and your team with the right information and people—at the right moment—even on-the-go.
With a single swipe, you can catch up on what’s new and relevant to your day—no matter where you are— with pivots on content and people. The images below highlight some of the new Delve app experiences:
(Left) Main work activity feed. (Center) Discovering and finding people. (Right) New people layout with “WORKS ON,” “WORKS WITH” and other pivots.
Download the Delve for Android and Delve for iPhone app today.
What’s next for people experiences?
We’re extremely excited to bring these new ready-to-go people experiences to you via Delve and Office 365—and we’re just getting started. We are already hard at work planning and developing what comes next, which will roll out to the service automatically when the new features are ready. We will continue to refine the overall Office 365 profile experience, introduce a method to nurture your network via public kudos, provide ways to pull in additional profile information from trusted sources and machine learning insights, and enable customization of the profile experience via Add-ins and public APIs.
If you have an idea for a future Office 365 People Experience feature, please visit our Delve UserVoice page and submit your feedback using the People Experiences category tag. And vote items up! You will see us continue to iterate and build more and more of what you tell us you need.
We will share and show more at Ignite (May 4-8 in Chicago). Hope to see you there.
Join our YamJam to ask your questions
On Wednesday, April 15th, the Office 365 Network will host a People Experiences in Office 365 YamJam from 9:00–10:00 a.m. PDT / 4:00–5:00 p.m. GST. For those unfamiliar with a YamJam, it is similar to a “TweetJam” on Twitter or an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” on Reddit, except it takes place on Yammer. In this YamJam, customers and partners can connect directly with the Delve and Profile product teams to ask questions and learn more about the announcement. Join the Delve group to participate.
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