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A quick look at Delve in Office 365

You might have heard the news that Microsoft is rolling out Delve to Office 365 starting today.  I was lucky enough to get it pushed to my demo site so I wanted to share some details.

When Delve is activated on your tenant, you will see a link in your suite bar.

DelveSuiteBar

Click the link to get started.  Your first time, you will see an intro screen, telling you a little bit more. 

DelveStart

By default, you are going to get an empty screen unless you have some content shared with you.  You won’t see the full power of Delve until you have a sufficiently active SharePoint tenant.

DelveStart2

However, if you have some content loaded, you can start to see it in action when you click on My Work.

DelveMyWork2

Here you will find documents relevant to you because you have modified them. 

You can easily do keyword searches with Delve and get a nice visual display of the results.

DelveSearchResults

Delve can figure out people that are relevant to you and you will see them listed in the navigation.  Click on the link and it will show you the documents that they have worked on.  Remember, you only see documents that you have permission to view.

DelvePeopleResults

Delve has a small settings menu which you can access in the top right corner of the Suite Bar.

DelveSettingsMenu

It takes you to a settings page where you can disable Delve.

DelveSettings

For those curious about where Delve lives, it’s hosted by the My Site (Personal Site) collection on a page named me.aspx.

You can see some of the URLs below.

Delve Home Page URL example (v=home):

DelveHomeUrl

Delve Search URL example (q parameter):

DelveSearchUrl

Delve People Results URL example (p parameter):

DelvePeopleResultsUrl

Delve My Work URL example (v=mywork)

DelveMyWorkUrl

I have noticed that the pictures of people aren’t loading correctly on my tenant.  I don’t know if that is a Delve issue or something else.

If you are wanting to check out Delve, be sure and read Office Delve for Office 365 admins.  You’ll need to turn on the First Release program in your Office 365 Service Settings.

DelveFirstRelease

You’ll need to enable Delve on the SharePoint Settings as well.  Choose the option Allow access to the Office Graph (default).

DelveOfficeGraphEnabled

If you don’t have Delve yet, check those settings in the post above and then be patient.  You should have Delve soon once you make those changes.

Comments

 

Alan McF said:

Thanks for that. Interesting article.

Currently on my tenant (with First Release) I see the Delve item on the toolbar but when I access it I get the SharePoint no access page. Hmm.

On what page is the "Office Graph" toggle? (On? ....sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/online/TenantSettings.aspx)

September 12, 2014 8:10 AM
 

CoreyRoth said:

@Alan I've heard a lot of people having similar issues.  In this case you aren't fully deployed with Delve yet.  The Office Graph setting will be on the Settings page in Tenant admin once it is deployed.

September 12, 2014 2:21 PM
 

Alan McF said:

Thanks. Odd ordering. :-,) 1. Display the menu option, 2. Then make it work.

September 13, 2014 5:21 PM
 

Alan McF said:

It's arrived! :-)

September 17, 2014 5:15 AM
 

M Yasir said:

Can i get AD profile properties using delve and graph without involving user profile and without mentioning source id and people properties via Search REST API? If yes how? coz i heard there will be  no more user profiles in future and i have to display profile/properties for the users.

May 21, 2015 3:44 AM
 

CoreyRoth said:

@M I don't think so.  It's still ultimately based on search.

May 21, 2015 8:00 AM
 

M Yasir said:

Thanks Roth! that's what I thought.

May 22, 2015 4:41 AM

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Corey Roth is an independent SharePoint consultant specializing in ECM, Apps, and Search.
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