10 September, 2014

Microsoft Finally Rolls Out 'Delve, which is sort of like Google Now for Microsoft Office.

After years of work and months of teasers, Microsoft has released a tool called "Delve," which will do for Office 365 users what Cortana will do for Windows Phone users: manage their lives.

As of Monday, the company started rolling out the service to Office 365 business customers. Office 365 is the cloud version of Microsoft's uber popular Office apps.

There is no additional fee for Delve. It's included in Office 365 subscription plans, which range from $5/user/month to $22/user/month, a Microsoft spokesperson tells us.

Microsoft Delve, previously code-named "Oslo," searches your emails, meetings, contacts, social networks, and corporate documents stored in Office 365 then uses "machine learning" artificial intelligence to show you the stuff you need to see.

Delve is built on top of a search-engine technology called Office Graph, which will eventually be used for all kinds of other tools, Microsoft says.

The downside to Delve is that it's pulling data mostly from Microsoft apps like OneDrive for Business (the cloud storage for Office 365 documents), SharePoint Online, and Yammer.

Delve will eventually include other Microsoft products like note-taking app OneNote and enterprise chat tool Lync, plus "other content sources, such as email attachments," says Microsoft general manager Julia White