Microsoft revealed at the SharePoint 2014 conference that Office 365 will have a major update with new software, developer tools and capabilities added.
Microsoft has rolled out the new “Office Graph,” – the “power of social, cloud, big data, and machine learning coming together,” wrote Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Office Server Services.
One of the first applications code-named Oslo, a new machine learning application, leverages the “Office Graph” technology to give Office 365 business users a personalised and searchable dashboard with a variety of views.
“Oslo serves up in a single user interface personalised insights based on meetings, people, conversations, documents and more. The Oslo application surfaces what might be most relevant for each individual based on what they’re already doing in Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint, Office, Lync, and Yammer,” wrote Teper.
“We believe this is the start of something game-changing—building digital memory across applications to create a highly personalized experience that helps people get more done.”
Microsoft believes this idea will help in moving beyond prioritising whatever happens and letting the system help figure out what’s most important to the users. The company calls this to be a part of a broader effort to apply principles of social networking to business communications and documents.
Microsoft is also extending Yammer’s “Groups” feature across Office 365, an “entity that spans all aspects of Office 365,” as described by Julia White, general manager for Microsoft Office. Microsoft acquired Yammer, the business-oriented social network for $1.2 billion in 2012.
The other new features include a new Video Portal for users to upload, store and collaborate work clips. Office 365 will automatically compress, optimize and render the videos.