Microsoft seeks to help de-clutter your inbox

Microsoft unveils de-cluttering option for Office 365 mailboxes
Microsoft unveils de-cluttering option for Office 365 mailboxes

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a new tool that will help Office 365 users manage their email inboxes, and the software giant is calling it Clutter.

Following the steps of Google, which has rolled out its Inbox service only a few weeks ago, Microsoft said it is bringing Graph’s learning machine to inboxes to make them smarter.

While the concept of intelligent inboxes is a bit of a contradiction – think of all the trash they attract – Microsoft Graph promises to change that. It will teach inboxes what you want, what you don’t want and dump the rest in a hole called Clutter.

How Graph Works

Cluttter uses machine learning to move low priority mail out of the way and into a new ‘Clutter’ folder. Microsoft claims Clutter “removes distractions so you can focus on what matters most.” And it does it using Graph.

Last month we looked at Microsoft Delve, which is built on top of Graph. Using the metadata created by activities in Office 365, Delve enables users to create cohesive pictures of what they do and how it relates to others, including email — the so-called connected enterprise.
Behind Delve is Graph, which was introduced at this year’s SharePoint conference in Las Vegas. At the time, Jared Spataro, general manager of enterprise social at Microsoft, said Graph helps users to “work like a network.”

Office Graph — which derived from Yammer’s Enterprise Graph concept — analyzes user metadata from the Office 365 environment (Yammer, SharePoint Online, Lync and Office Online) to identify signals, trends, relationships, social connections and content that relate to each other to form patterns that can reportedly be used to deliver a more relevant and rich contextual end user experience.

Graph shows you how you and your colleagues connect with documents and one another, who you work with, and how your colleagues connect.

— CMS Wire contributed to the story