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A revamped Microsoft Delve looks like a corporate mashup of Facebook and LinkedIn

Mark Hachman | April 16, 2015
Delve has leaped beyond curating documents to curating everything about you and your job. There's even a blog and mobile apps.

The Blog field, however, is where you can say whatever it is you want to say. It appears that while Microsoft sees some value in allowing you to express your thoughts, the blogging platform is a proving ground of sorts for the authoring canvas technology.

"Today, the authoring canvas helps you create engaging blog posts, and in the future, it will be enabled for use in creating various types of pages in Office 365, including those for individual profiles, Office 365 Groups and future NextGen Portals," Kashman wrote. "And the authoring canvas will be backed by enterprise-grade, content management capabilities such as scheduling, versioning, compliance and taxonomy."

Mobile apps, too

While Microsoft has published Delve for Android and Delve for iPhone, you should think of both as something akin to the Facebook Messenger app: a subset of what Delve can do. Right now, each app seems designed to quickly search out and cyberstalk your colleagues profile pages, not collect relevant documents or other information.

Unfortunately, because IDG doesn't use Delve, I saw a vast swath of white space when I opened the Android app, with absolutely nothing in it. You may see the same. Delve could be a useful tool, but only if everyone uses it.


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