Office 365
Delve

Applies to: Everyone
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Office 365’s collaboration tools are pretty powerful. But, as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. That’s where Delve comes in. It can help you keep track of what others on your teams (yes, plural) are working on, what people are working on, and what you’ve been working on. By aggregating edits made to shared documents it’s easy and fast to find out what’s going on with projects that affect you.

Delve is also the source of Office 365’s user profiles. Discover more about a person, what they’ve shared, what they’re doing, and to whom they’re connected. Get their contact information and start working with them.

“But wait!” you cry. “I don’t want others seeing my precious documents. My precious, precious documents...” That’s okay. Delve only shows something to you if you already have access to it. Don’t want someone to see something? Then it shouldn’t be shared with them (so head to OneDrive and update its permissions). Just imagine Delve as a wizened old wizard, there to help when you need it, offer guidance, and show your friendship in dark times of your project’s journey. And then imagine Delve shouting “You shall not pass…into documents to which you are not entitled though OneDrive’s sharing!”

Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

System Requirements

You don’t need anything special to use Delve. Simply sign in to Office 365 with a modern web browser and launch the app. If you’d like to see what’s new from your mobile device you can install the Delve app from your app store.

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Once you launch Delve you’ll discover just how easy it is to keep track of documents and people. It’s so easy, in fact, that we don’t need to write a lot. But, as always, if you find something cool or confusing let us know so we can add it here.

Popular Documents

Most of Delve is dedicated to popular documents, which you’ll see immediately after signing in. For anything to show up you’ll need documents in your OneDrive or access to documents shared by others in places like Groups or SharePoint.

Popular documents and files are displayed as cards. Cards contain common information like latest author, title, platform, and Group or SharePoint Site that stores the file. Cards include item shortcuts to Favorite (click the star), share a link (click the envelope), and check access (click the people). You can also add the card to a Board to find it again later. Cards will automatically change as they become more or less relevant to you. Delve determines this by watching which documents, people, and groups you most interact with inside Office 365.

Search

Need to find a person or document? Type your query into the Search box in the upper-left. You’ll see documents appear in the main pane and people appear under the People header.

People

Delve will suggest people based on your groups and interactions. They might be recent contacts or collaborators on a file. It can help you discover people and learn that you’re both working on the same project from different areas. If you click on a person you’ll be taken to their profile page. Delve profiles contain contact information, OneDrive links, direct document links (again, if you’re allowed to see them), and nearby documents. Nearby documents are those that are shared with you by the other person’s connections. This can help you realize that you’re connected to a person by someone or something else, letting you know who’s working with whom.

Boards

Need to categorize something? Add it to a Board. Boards are visible to everyone and can be added to your favorites to help you find them quickly. Of course, things only appear on a board if they’ve been shared with you. Anyone can create and add to a board but they can’t see what they’re not supposed to.

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