Microsoft Graph

Microsoft Graph
Not to be confused with the Office Graph… Microsoft Graph, or “One Endpoint to rule them all” as Microsoft likes to describe it, is a single interface that can be used to access data from most of the Office 365 applications. This means that developers can now use a single interface (API) to query Emails, Calendars, OneDrive files, SharePoint files, Projects, Tasks and more. All of this is joined up to the Office Graph, which is the database of all user interactions in Office 365, giving access to a huge amount of data on how users work and who they work with. The upshot of this is twofold. Firstly, software companies are producing productivity tools that can give enormous benefits to enterprise users. Some examples of this are:
  • DocuSign: Used to provide secure approval of documents from within Office 365;
  • CloudLock: Cybersecurity solution that monitors for suspicious login events, impersonation attempts and policy violations;
  • officeatwork365: Integrates Office 365 data into easy to use Word and Excel Templates.
Secondly, Office 365 can now be joined up with other applications that you might use to create complex productivity tools. Zapier is an example of a platform that uses this to connect hundreds of apps to Office 365, such as MailChimp, Dropbox, WordPress and Gmail. To make this type of functionality even easier, Office 365 now includes Flow which links Office 365 up with over 40 services. Using pre-built templates, you can now do things such as save your email attachments to DropBox, or receive a text when a key clients emails you.