Office Delve — Microsoft's technology to provide Office 365 customers with contextual search and notifications — has begun rolling out to Office 365 customers, and will reach most business users by early 2015. What does it do, and do you need it?
Microsoft probably wouldn't be thrilled if we describe Delve as "like Google Now for Office", but that's a fairly accurate summation. "Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging," Microsoft GM Julia White explains in a blog post." With Delve, information finds you versus you having to find information.(Microsoft also labels the underlying technology "Office Graph", which is very reminiscent of Google's Knowledge Graph.)
Right now, Delve draws on information from email, OneDrive, SharePoint and Yammer. Information from Lync, OneNote and email attachments is expected to be added "in the coming months".
Right now, Delve is only available to enterprise Office 365 customers, and you have to sign up for first release updates to access it. From January 2015, it will also be included in most business plans (Business Essentials, Business Premium, Small Business Essentials, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business).
[Office Blogs via Business Insider]