Microsoft consolidating Office Delve into future search efforts on Windows 10

Office Delve for Windows 10 is no longer available from the Microsoft Store, with Microsoft having confirmed it is no longer supported. However, as reported by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft looks to be gearing up to fold the Delve experience into a broader vision for search in Windows 10.

Delve is a relative newcomer to the Office experience, having been launched as a way for Office 365 users to stay more organized. As part of that mission, Delve uses machine learning to surface content you need at the right time in a card-based interface.

It's not entirely clear when the Windows 10 app was removed from the store, but a Microsoft spokesman provided some insight into why it was removed in a statement to ZDNet.

Delve is one of many personalized search and discovery experiences powered by the Microsoft Graph, and has provided a model for how search results surface across Office and Windows. Our vision for workplace search is that it is accessible from wherever you are working, personalized and relevant to you, and that it surfaces results from across Microsoft 365.As we announced at Ignite, we continue to enhance the search and discovery experiences across Microsoft 365. As part of this, we're focusing our efforts on the Windows taskbar search experience which includes content and people inside your organization, as well as content on your local device, and on the rich web search experience including Delve and other search bars within Office 365.

The response points to less of an abandonment of Delve and more to an effort to consolidate Microsoft's search experiences on WIndows 10. We've already seen a glimpse of a richer, Spotlight-like search experience in the works for Windows 10, and it appears Delve may figure into Microsoft's work in this area in some capacity. That new search experience will likely make its way to testing with Windows Insiders soon.

For anyone currently using Delve for Windows 10, Microsoft now recommends using the web version of Delve instead. If you already have the Windows 10 app installed, it will continue to work, but it could abruptly stop working in the future without support from Microsoft.

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