Major services and features in Microsoft Graph

Microsoft Graph enables you to integrate with the best of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security services in Microsoft 365, using REST APIs and client libraries. Additionally, it offers security and social intelligence that can boost user productivity, creativity, and team collaboration, and protect business resources and users' data.

Users and groups

At the core of Microsoft Graph are the concepts of the user and group.

A user in Microsoft Graph is one among the millions who use Microsoft 365 cloud services. It is the focal point whose identity is protected and access is well managed. The user's data is what drives businesses. Microsoft Graph services makes this data available to businesses in rich contexts, real-time updates, and deep insights, and, always only with the appropriate permissions.

An Office 365 group is the fundamental entity that lets users collaborate. It integrates with other services, enabling richer scenarios in task planning, teamwork, education, and more.

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Users Azure AD and most productivity, collaboration, intelligence, and education services The user is a core focus of Microsoft Graph, around which many Microsoft Graph services build user-centric functionality. Overview of users in Microsoft Graph
Groups Azure AD, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Planner An Office 365 group provides the fundamental collaborative unit for users to share conversations, files, notes, calendar, plans, and more. Overview of Office 365 groups in Microsoft Graph

Connecting users' data, Microsoft 365 services, and your apps

Starting with users and groups at the core, Microsoft Graph forms a network of Microsoft 365 services and features that manage, protect, and extract data to support a wide range of scenarios. Microsoft Graph lets you access this wealth of user data while always respecting proper authorization.

Microsoft Graph connects you to users' data

Services and features

Some services in Microsoft Graph make their debut there, others have been well-known as standalone services and are now converging in Microsoft Graph. Their API sets follow a streamlined design as detailed in the Microsoft REST API guidelines, and are now accessible through the single Microsoft Graph REST endpoint https://graph.microsoft.com. The rest of this article lists the major services and features by category.

Identity and access management

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Identity and access management Azure AD Creates and manages directory resources such as users, groups, and applications. Manages access to resources and data. Gives customers access to sign-in and account risk data in Azure AD. Azure AD identity and access management overview

Productivity

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Calendar Outlook Lets users set up appointments and meetings on the web, mobile and desktop devices. It is part of the Outlook messaging communication hub in Office 365 that also lets users manage emails and contacts. Outlook calendar overview
Files OneDrive and SharePoint Manages and shares user files on OneDrive and SharePoint. OneDrive files storage overview
Mail Outlook Lets users communicate, organize messages, and manage priorities in their workflows, on the web, mobile and desktop devices. It is part of the Outlook communication hub in Office 365 that also lets users manage contacts and schedule meetings. Outlook mail overview
Notes OneNote Lets users plan and organize ideas and information. OneNote notes overview
Personal contacts Outlook Contacts manager on the web, mobile and desktop devices. It is part of the Outlook messaging communication hub in Office 365 that also lets users manage emails and schedule meetings. Outlook personal contacts overview
Workbooks and charts Excel Lets users use Excel spreadsheets to do complex calculations, track, analyze, and visualize data, and generate professional reports. Excel workbooks and charts overview

Collaboration

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Sites and lists SharePoint Web-based platform for users and Office 365 groups to share, organize, manage, and discover content (including lists, files, and notes). SharePoint sites and content overview
Tasks and plans Planner Enables users in Office 365 groups to create plans, assign tasks, and track progress. Planner plans and tasks overview
Teamwork Microsoft Teams Digital hub and chat-based workspace for teams to share files, notes, calendar, and plans. Microsoft Teams teamwork overview

Social intelligence and analytics

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Social intelligence: people Azure AD, Outlook, SharePoint, and more Gets information about persons as ordered by their relevance to a user, determined by the user's communication and collaboration patterns, and business relationships. Social intelligence in Microsoft Graph
Social intelligence: document insights (preview) Delve, OneDrive, Outlook, SharePoint Uses advanced analytics and machine learning techniques to get documents trending around, viewed, modified, or shared by a user. Social intelligence in Microsoft Graph

Device management

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Devices and apps Intune Enrolls and configures devices, and manages mobile applications in your organization. Intune devices and apps overview

Security

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Security integration Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure Information Protection, Azure Security Center, Microsoft Cloud Application Security, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, and more Provides a unified gateway to security insights and actions across Microsoft and ecosystem partners. Security in Microsoft Graph

Cross-device experiences

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Cross-device experiences Activity feed, device relay Enables app experiences that transcend a single device, and instead move with the user from device to device regardless of its type and platform. Overview for cross-device experiences

Usage reports

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Reports Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Outlook, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Yammer Gets activity and usage information of a supporting service. Usage reports overview

Education

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Education Azure AD, Education Provides information relevant for education scenarios, including schools, classes, students, teachers, and assignment info. Enables ISVs to build applications for the classroom that save teachers time and promote teamwork and collaboration. Education overview

Business applications

Feature Supporting services Description More information
Customer booking (preview) Microsoft Bookings Targets small businesses to enable their customers to book services directly on the web or Facebook. Lets business operators manage customer preferences, services and pricing, staff lists and schedules, and other common business information. Microsoft Bookings API overview
Financials (preview) Dynamics 365 Business Central Enables management of financial data, automation and securing of the supply chain, sales management and improved customer service, management of projects, and optimazation of operations with the all-in-one business management solution. Business Central API overview

Next steps

  • See examples of creative solutions built on top of services in Microsoft Graph that solve real customer problems.
  • Look under Learn in the table of contents to read about services and features that you can use in your scenarios.
  • Try a sample request in the Graph Explorer.
  • Use the quick starts to set up a ready-to-run sample app.