How Boards in Office Delve Help Us Work Smarter
posted by Jessica
on Mar 03, 2015
Forget Google Docs, Box and any productivity tool that anyone else has to offer. Microsoft is committing its brains and its brawn to one thing —being your “go to” for your digital life, at work and at home.
It plans to do this by providing a window to the digital world that feels “more personal and natural,” to use CEO Satya Nadella’s words, via innovations in touch, speech, vision, inking and much more. They will all come together with intelligent agent (can you say machine learning, analytics, PowerBI, Office Graph) and shell technologies.
Introducing Boards in Office Delve
The idea is that Delve helps you surface content and boards help you organize content, so it’s readily accessible and easy to share with others. To anyone who finds working with folders and spending time collecting, organizing and searching for content, Delve is already a relief. Adding visuals and putting everything we might need at our fingertips is an even bigger plus because we won’t need to remember where content lives. But that’s not all, everyone in an organization or on a team 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.
We’ve all worked on projects where we’ve wanted to add or share ancillary files, videos, images, with the team but didn’t because it wasn’t a “must do,” it took time or whatever. Boards take that hassle away. You simply share the URL of a board with your team, or send link directly from the board, which remains fresh as your team works on and updates documents over time.
How It Works
According to a Microsoft, Delve surfaces relevant content based on insights delivered through Office Graph. Any content discovered in Delve can be added to boards. It’s expected that as Delve rolls out to Office 365 customers in the First Release program, Office Graph will incorporate signals across Office 365 and content primarily from OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online team sites and the new Office 365 Video portal. Soon thereafter, it should incorporate additional signals and content including email attachments and Yammer social news feeds.
The plan, over time, is that 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. For anyone who uses Microsoft productivity tools for work, working with or moving to Office 365 keeps looking more and more attractive; instead of being a hassle, it could actually become a joy. A sentiment that hasn’t been expressed around Office for a very long time.