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Early Microsoft Delve users worry about privacy

Nancy Gohring | Sept. 12, 2014
Just a couple days after Microsoft began rolling out Delve, its new enterprise social offering, some people are worried and confused about potential privacy implications.

He also said that users who have spent more time with OneDrive and SharePoint and are familiar with the governance practices around those products have found Delve easier to understand.

So how will Microsoft try to stem this kind of confusion from derailing Delve adoption? Providing transparency so that people will know what they're seeing and why will help, Aykan said. It already added a feature during the pilot phase that lets people right click on a card to see permissions related to the content. "Another angle is to provide additional choice and control so users can see who's seeing what and so they can choose to opt in and opt out. We're doing all those things," he said.

His team will also "double down" on messaging to users so that they are sure to understand that the same governance practices they're already familiar with around OneDrive and SharePoint apply to Delve. "We'll definitely provide user guidance and adoption content, both for end users as well as IT, on how to get started with Delve and some of the tips and tricks," he said.

His team has plans to add much more to Delve. In the future it will surface information from Yammer. It may also include information from email attachments — but only in a "work view" that shows you recently viewed documents. Email attachments wouldn't appear in anyone else's view.

Microsoft is working on Windows 8, Android, and iOS apps for Delve as well.


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