Microsoft Viva, a new employee experience platform.

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Microsoft Viva
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Microsoft launches Viva, to help businesses manage remote work. This is a new employee experience platform, its new take on the intranet sites most large companies offer their employees. It’s designed to make the complexities of the “work from home” process smoother both for employees and businesses. This can be integrated with Teams also.

Microsoft will be launching Viva today and it decided to release different parts of the platform throughout the year 2021. Also it has standard features like access to internal communications. Which are built on integrations of Sharepoint, Yammer, and some other Microsoft tools. Viva also provides access to team analytics and integration with Linkedin learning and other training content providers. Along with Viva Topics for knowledge sharing within enterprises.

It combines learning, resources, communications and insights into an integrated experience which will empower employees and business to reach their full potential. Powered by the depth of Microsoft 365. Viva supports Teams and Microsoft 365 apps that we use every day. Viva Built for this digital era.

Here are some other details about Microsoft Viva

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that “We have participated in the largest remote work experiment the world has seen”. The current situation of 11 months of a pandemic totally reshaped how people work, learn and live. ” As the world recovers, there is no going back. Flexibility in where and how we work will be the key”

Microsoft Viva is not an app and even a service. But it is more of a platform for improving remote work and helping businesses to adjust to it. Whereas currently businesses spending billions of dollars every year on employee wellbeing, Microsoft says that its newly launched Viva will be a perfect fit for this digital era of work.

Adding to this Jared Spataro, head of Microsoft 365 says That ” we have to stop thinking about work as a place, and start thinking about how to create and maintain a culture, harness human ingenuity, and connect employees in a hybrid world. He predicted that with this pandemic there will be a significant change in the way we work and learn, and as a result, Microsoft Viva has been launched.

Microsoft viva Module

Microsoft Viva, designed for the present flexible and digital era of work. Viva can be integrated into Microsoft Teams and functions. which is quite different from the intranet of old by collecting important elements of a business into a central location. The company also worked towards adding new features to its Teams platform during this crisis and witnessed a rise in the user’s figures continuously.

Microsoft Viva has four specific modules. Those are connections, Insights, Learnings, Topics.

Connections:

Microsoft Viva connections consist of internal communications or resources such as benefits and company policies. It works as a portal you’d visit if you recently joined any organization but never even met any of your colleagues due to this Covid crisis. “Microsoft Viva works as a gateway to your digital workplace,” says Spataro.

Viva connection, designed on top of Microsoft’s Sharepoint technology. It also includes things like organization news, town halls, employee resource groups, and communities. Simply it is a dashboard for connecting with colleagues remotely.

Microsoft Viva Insights

It seems like the next step in Microsoft’s controversial productivity score feature. Recently Microsoft faced many criticisms regarding allowing managers to drill down into data of individual employees through metadata. The metadata gets collected with its software and services. Because of this, the company was forced to make some changes to its productivity score feature.

Viva Insights also made on those similar privacy-focused insights for managers and employees. Microsoft says that Viva insights also consist of data for managers and leaders so they can monitor work patterns and trends, but privacy will remain protected.

Spataro further clarifies by stating that “This can mean that personal insights will be visible only for the employee. Whereas insights for managers and leaders are allocated and re-identified by default to protect individual employee privacy.

Learnings

Microsoft Viva’s third module is Learning and as the name implies that it’s about employee learning and development. You can use Learnings where employers will conduct courses, and training materials.Along with other content for employers’ growth. It will add content from Microsoft Learn LinkedIn Learning, and the organization’s own content material. Along with the training material from the third party providers.

Viva Topics

It is the last module of Viva. Spataro says that Viva Topics are like the Wikipedia of the organization. It uses AI that helps in organizing the content and automatically surfaces topic cards with videos, documents, and related people. For generating Topic cards Microsoft Viva uses apps like Office, Teams, and SharePoint.

However, these Topics will be available now for Microsoft 365 customers, also a public preview of Viva insights will start today. As the Microsoft Viva partly released today. Microsoft is also launching a new private preview of Viva learnings. Also plans to announce more additions for the Viva features that will be released throughout 2021.

With all this we can say that Microsoft just getting ready to upcoming changes in the work-life with Viva. Whereas, its main objective is to be an “open and extensible platform” for partners. Microsoft is very much saying that the way we are currently working right now is the new normal.

Microsoft viva, clearly inspired by this current COVID crisis situation which resulted in remote working. While there is still a debate about how this will change the way we work even after the present crisis is over.

Whereas organizations spendings billions of dollars every year on work prosperity, Microsoft newly launched Viva will help in this new computerized period of work.

Conclusion

Microsoft launches Viva. A new employee experience platform designed to help businesses with remote work. It combines the learning, resources, communications, and insights into an integrated experience that will act as a portal for both employees and businesses. Viva, specially designed for this digital era.