For a year or more, Microsoft has been developing a new information retrieval system. This findability solution was code-named in the context of a super-secret development activity as "Oslo." The author perked up with the reference to Oslo, a city in Norway. Microsoft bought Fast Search & Transfer, a Norwegian company based in Oslo, in 2008 for $1.2 billion. In September, Microsoft rolled out Oslo as Delve, the search service for Office 365. According to the Free Dictionary, "delve" means to search deeply and laboriously. Delve can index content and make it searchable for an Office 365 user if that content is stored on OneDrive (Microsoft's cloud storage service), Yammer (Microsoft's social networking system), email, or SharePoint (Microsoft's CMS). Imagine a version of Delve that can access content in Microsoft SharePoint, a content management system on steroids. With a single point of access, a user can shave minutes or hours off of some research tasks.
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