Office Delve is a new, innovative experience to discover and explore content that's relevant to the work users and their teams are doing. Using Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to content and interactions occurring in Office 365, Delve helps users get back to pertinent documents, discover relevant content that has been shared, and search for information related to subjects users care about.
Now, Microsoft is taking the next step by making it easier to organize all the valuable content that gets surfaced in Delve. Microsoft has introduced a new feature in Delve called boards that help users organize content, so it's readily accessible and easy to share with others.
In Delve, users can use boards to group together and share related documents. For example, users can create a board to collect and organize all documents related to a specific project a team is working on. Everyone in the organization can view and contribute to an existing board or create a board—but they can only see and open documents that they have permission to access.
Adding or discovering new ones is easy
When working with others, information tends to get scattered. And that's OK. Organizing around ideas and topics with boards is easy and powerful. Just click + Add to board, enter a board name or pick from a list of existing boards.
Any card users see in Delve can be added to a board—documents, sites, videos and more.
Boards allow users to discover content related to topics and projects and make it easy to return to the content that matters most to them. From within Delve, users can search for a board, follow it to stay informed and discover other boards—all without having to know or remember where individual pieces of content live.
Boards are always at hand. Add or discover new ones or follow them to stay up-to-date.
Collaborative, open gathering of ideas
Every board is a unique collection of ideas and information that others can discover and contribute to. Just as any view within Delve, boards only surface the content users have permissions to see.
Collaborating gets easier too. Users simply share the URL of a board with their team, or click Send a link directly from the board, which remains fresh as the team works on and updates those documents over time.
Content types supported by Delve Boards
Delve surfaces relevant content based on insights delivered through Office Graph. Any content discovered in Delve can be added to boards. As Delve rolls out to Office 365 customers in the First Release program, Office Graph incorporates signals across Office 365 and content primarily from OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online team sites and the new Office 365 Video portal. In the coming months Delve will incorporate additional signals and content including email attachments and Yammer social newsfeeds.
Boards will be included as part of Delve as it rolls out to customers in the Office 365 First Release program. (With this option, users receive a select set of significant service updates as early as one week after the official announcement. This option is for those who are comfortable with regular updates to the Office 365 service). Customers who have already opted into First Release will begin seeing the new boards functionality appear over the next few days. Beyond First Release, we expect Delve to roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers by early 2015.
The journey with boards starts with Delve to help you curate and organize content as you collaborate and discover. Over time, boards will be integrated across other Office 365 experiences with support for new content types and will also benefit from existing SharePoint metadata management capabilities.
- inputs from Office Blogs