Microsoft has made its cloud-powered Office 365 Delve tool available as an Android and iOS app, allowing Office document search and discovery to be carried out on mobile devices.
Mark Kashman, senior product manager at the Office 365 team, said in a Microsoft Office blog post that Delve has been overhauled to be more user friendly across multiple platforms.
"The look and feel of Delve has been updated to be cleaner and more action-oriented, and designed to help you find, connect and collaborate with the right people," he said.
"The entire profile page is now responsive for a great experience across devices, from 4in screens up to the very largest displays."
Kashman added that Delve can even send notifications about updates on files a user is actively working on to wearable devices running Google's Android Wear operating system.
The video below shows Delve in action on mobile devices.
Support for Delve on Android and iOS devices will be available in the US, Ireland and Norway to begin with, before rolling out to all Delve supported regions in the coming weeks.
Microsoft is also working on providing universal support for Delve on Windows devices including Windows Phone, although the company did not say when that support can be expected.
Furthermore, Microsoft will be "iterating monthly" to integrate more user-focused features into the mobile version of Delve, as well as enhancing the cloud-powered web application.
Microsoft has also enhanced the native version of Delve, adding the ability for users to create profile pages (left) about themselves.
When one user clicks on another's name against a document stored in a OneDrive for Business account or Outlook Web App, they are offered the option to click on an ‘about me' tab which directs them to the user's profile page.
This profile page can yield information on contact details, current projects, reporting chain and interests.
Expanding on this layer of customisation, Microsoft has added the ability to create blog posts in the Delve environment using the new Blog tool.
Posts will be displayed in the Blog section of a profile page, and pages from the blog can be posted directly to Microsoft's enterprise-grade Yammer social network.
Kashman described the Blog feature as the first tool to use Microsoft's authoring canvas, a new page-authoring platform for Office 365.
He noted that the authoring canvas will be extended to wider Office 365 use in the future.
Adding mobile capabilities and integrated features to Delve is an indication of Microsoft's empowerment ethos.
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