Coral Murphy Marcos
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Microsoft on Thursday announced it was launching Microsoft Viva, a hub aimed at easing workflow for employees, monitoring work patterns and streamlining companies’ internal communications. .
The launch is driven by the ongoing demand for workplace software as legions of employees continue to work from home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Microsoft Viva has four modules integrated in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams –connections, insights, learning and topics – and employees will be able to integrate their existing tools with Viva.
The connections module provides access to internal communications and company resources, such as policies and benefits. Connections will roll out during the first half of the year, with an app launching in the summer.
Viva Insights will include information for managers to monitor work patterns and trends, but personal insights are visible only to the employee. Insights for managers are aggregated and protect employee privacy.
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Employees can also incorporate data from third-party services, including Zoom, Slack, Workday and SAP SuccessFactors. Viva Insights is already available.
Viva Learning will include educational courses from LinkedIn Learning; Microsoft Learn; and third-party providers including Skillsoft, Coursera, Pluralsight and edX, as well as an organization’s own content library, which will be available this month.
Viva Topics aims to help people connect to information and experts across the company. The module will use artificial intelligence to go over a customer’s Microsoft 365 data and surface topic cards within conversations and documents. Once an employee clicks on a card, Microsoft Teams or 365 will opens a topic page with related documents, conversations, videos and people. Viva Topics is now available as an add-on.
“Every organization will require a unified employee experience from onboarding and collaboration to continuous learning and growth,” Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, said in a statement. “Viva brings together everything an employee needs to be successful, from day one, in a single, integrated experience directly in Teams.”
The company plans to announce more additions to Microsoft Viva throughout 2021.
On Tuesday, Microsoft reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $15.5 billion, up 33% from the same period last year.
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