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At the company’s SharePoint 2014 conference, which kicks off on March 3, executives will preview some of these coming changes — specifically ones involving social and machine-learning technologies that Microsoft is baking into its cloud suite of Office apps. Once these technologies begin rolling out later this year, the lines between Exchange, SharePoint and Yammer will be blurred, and social collaboration will become more of a centerpiece of the more tightly-integrated suite.
Microsoft has built what it’s calling the “Office Graph,” which is the machine-learning piece. The Office Graph analyzes content, user interactions and activity streams and maps the relationships among these technolgies so that it can surface the most relevant content appropriate for each user.
“Graph is what moves us beyond people and docs,” said Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Office Server Services. “We want software to learn from an organization and show you what’s relevant to you.”
The company also is building a number of new “experiences” that make use of the Office Graph. One of these is an application codenamed “Oslo.” The new Oslo (not this previous Microsoft Oslo) takes its codename from the Microsoft Oslo office, which is where some of those who joined the company when Microsoft bought Fast Search & Transfer for $1.5 billion in 2008, still reside.
There will be further integration in the future between these new, core Office 365 technologies and the Power BI for Office 365 business-intelligence ones Microsoft recently rolled out, Teper confirmed. He said Microsoft will demonstrate this during the SharePoint 2014 keynote.
Teper said Microsoft will introduce some, but not all, of these new capabilities to the next on-premises versions of Microsoft’s Exchange and SharePoint servers, which are due in 2015.
Source: Associated Press