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Microsoft Office 365 Updates Use Machine-Learning to Customize User Experience

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Microsoft announced several changes to the look and functionality of Office 365 on Monday at its SharePoint 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

The latest features of Office 365 focus on social media integration, and include machine-learning Office Graph, which analyzes content, user interactions and activity streams to be present content more relevant to users.

Oslo, a feature that uses Office Graph, will be available in Office 365 in the second half of 2014. It presents content in different views, for example in cards, showing users relevant information such as trending discussions or documents shared with a user.

Office Graph and Oslo were built with the FAST index core, plus algorithms for big data and machine learning technologies from Bing, according to a report by ZDNet.

Another Office Graph experience is called Groups. Users can create open or private groups, and it will provide a unified view of contacts, conversations, emails and files.

Microsoft will release new versions of on-premises Exchange and SharePoint servers in 2015 and will focus on rolling out new features for their online versions this year.

Some of these new Office 365 technologies will be available on the next on-premises versions of Microsoft and SharePoint servers, according to the report.

Microsoft also announced SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1, its latest release to SharePoint Server 2013 on-premises, and includes hybrid connection to OneDrive for business in Office 365, support for Yammer and support for JSON Light in OData v3 requests.

Last week, Microsoft surpassed Amazon to become the largest Windows hosting company, thanks in part to its services, including Office 365, supported by Azure.

In April, Microsoft Exchange 2003 will no longer be supported, and users will open themselves up to security vulnerabilities should they not upgrade.

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  1. Good to know about these changes. I will wait for the updates and thanks Nicole for sharing this information.

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