#Microsoft365 – Search, Discover & Organise with Office Delve – Stay in the know – discover new, relevant information and people based on the intelligence of who you work with and content you work on.


For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

Use Delve to manage your Office 365 profile, and to discover and organize the information that’s likely to be most interesting to you right now – across Office 365. Delve is powered by the Office Graph and shows users the most relevant content based on who they work with and what they’re working on. The information in Delve is tailored to each user. Delve doesn’t change permissions and users will only see what they already have access to. Read more

What is Office Graph?

This is a framework or platform which provides data based on the user identity and activity. So it collects data from SharePoint / Office 365 / OneDrive and makes it available to other applications for use.

What is Delve?

Delve (Codename Oslo) was announced at the SharePoint Conference in March 2014.  Delve is one of those Apps that use the dataset provided by Office Graph to supply you with the information that’s important to you.

Delve will not change permissions and you will not be able to see documents that has not been shared with you.

How do I access Delve?

In Office 365, navigate to the Delve Icon or click on your profile > About Me. You can also install Delve as an App on your phone.

This is my Delve page. You can edit your profile and some of the look and feel, and remember to scroll down to see all the information shared with you:

What does Delve give me?

Delve provides you with a ‘dashboard’ where you can see:

  • Your Office 365 Profile
  • Recent Documents
  • Popular Documents
  • Favorites
  • Co-workers
  • Documents co-workers are working on
  • Search for content or co-workers

If you regularly read my blogs, you’ll know I’m into analogies. As I’m a trainer – it’s very important to be able to explain complex concepts to students – and it’s even more important for me to understand it.

Delve makes me think of cupboards. We’ve gone from tidy cupboards to very messy cupboards, and not (so much) because we’ve gotten messy with how we pack away our clothes. It’s also because we have so much more items.

Now imagine you no longer have to open the doors to find what you’re looking for. On the cupboard doors you’ll have these ‘cards’ that shows you your favourite clothes, most popular, used by other people, something you’ve lent your sister, stuff you wore last week. Getting dressed would take less time and you’ll find things faster.

Office Graph is what runs around in the background, looking for and documenting WHO is doing WHAT. Delve brings this data together for you to use.


Microsoft Teams – Files Button:

Oh and by the way – the Files Button in your Microsoft Teams? Same stuff right there. See all your files, which are sorted into the following categories:

  • The Recent view shows you every Office 365 document you’ve viewed or edited in recent history.
  • The Microsoft Teams view shows you all the documents that have been created or edited recently within your favorite channels.
  • OneDrive contains all your OneDrive for Business files.
  • In the Downloads view, you’ll see a list of all the files you’ve downloaded to Microsoft Teams.

I understand Delve and Office Graph a lot better, hope this post helped you too.


Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.