Office 365 will be a more intelligent collaboration suite - Microsoft

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Nothing could be more amazing than a tool that aids employees in distinguishing their most important content and co-workers. This is what Microsoft presented this week, as part of the improved capabilities of Office 365, at its SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

According to Computerworld, Microsoft presented and demonstrated its concept for Office 365 to become a more intelligent collaboration suite through new application programming interfaces (APIs), social interactions as well as machine learning capabilities. An application called Oslo was also at the center of Microsoft's announcements. It is an application to tap into Office 365's innovative machine-learning facility called Office Graph, which allows it to know the link between documents and people.

An Oslo demo was conducted at the event, and its release date is scheduled for the second half of 2014. It will surface prominently for people, colleagues, files and content they are engaged with, and require most attention.

The app concludes relationships by analyzing data and actions in the software such as: exchange of emails in Exchange Online, saved data in OneDrive for Business, audio/video communications in IM, and team interactions on Yammer and SharePoint Online.

According to Constellation Research analyst Alan Lepofsky, by presenting relevant colleagues and documents, Oslo will offer insights to aid people focusing on priorities. He said Oslo will present you things you did not know exist.

Leposky added, Oslo is just one application built to leverage the Office Graph data, so it will be interesting to know who else develops support for this Microsoft platform. It is highly possible that others will follow Oslo, especially those designing for people in specific industries and professions.

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