Microsoft has announced via the Microsoft 365 Admin center that it is retiring its Office Delve apps for both Android and iOS at the end of May. The company states that these apps have been recently removed from iOS and the Google Play stores, and the mobile apps will stop working on June 1, 2021.
Office Delve is a content discovery tool that was launched for Office 365 users back in 2015. Delve is powered by Office Graph, and it is a data visualization and discovery tool that incorporates elements of social networking and machine learning. It makes it easier for users to find Office documents and organize the most interesting information from across Microsoft’s apps and services.
In November 2017, the software gaint removed Delve from the Microsoft Store and announced its plans to replace the app by integrating Delve into the Windows 10 taskbar search. While the Microsoft 365 Admin center message doesn’t specifically explain why the Delve app was removed from iOS and the Google Play stores, the company is urging users to switch to Outlook Mobile instead.
“We recommend Outlook Mobile instead, which has similar features available. You'll find profile information and files on the profile cards, and recommended documents on the Search tab. We'll continue to invest development resources to improve the functionality in Outlook Mobile,” the company explained.
It certainly isn't surprising that Microsoft is retiring the Delve mobile apps, given that some of its features have been incorporated in various other applications and services offered by the company. For now, Office 365 users will be able to use the Web version, and there is no word on when or if it will be retired, too.