Microsoft announces employee experience platform, Viva

By Glendin Franklin-Browne | February 18, 2021

Microsoft VivaEarlier this month, Microsoft (MS) launched its new take on the corporate intranet, Viva. Amid the shift to an increasingly distributed and digital work environment, demand has grown for solutions that support corporate culture, knowledge discovery, on-the-job learning and employee wellbeing. 

The new employee experience platform brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights into an integrated employee experience that builds on MS Teams to 'empower every employee in the digital age'.

“Our vision is to deliver a platform for the employee experience that helps organisations create a thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders."

"As the world of work changes, the next horizon of innovation will come from a focus on creativity, engagement and wellbeing so organisations can build cultures of resilience and ingenuity,” said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365.

Powered by Microsoft 365 and integrated with MS Teams, Viva will include four modules:

  • Microsoft Viva Connections
  • Microsoft Viva Insights
  • Microsoft Viva Learning
  • Microsoft Viva Topics

Microsoft Viva Connections

Viva Connections is said to offer a new way for leaders to shape culture and invite employees to participate in building an inclusive workplace that helps everyone succeed by giving people a curated, company-branded experience that brings together relevant news, conversations, and other resources.

Giving access to information such as company news, policies, benefits, and internal communities, Viva Connections personalised and appears in the apps and devices employees already use every day, such as MS Teams.

Microsoft Viva Insights

Viva Insights – Viva Insights gives individuals, managers, and leaders personalised insights that 'helps everyone in an organisation thrive.' In addition to new productivity and wellbeing experiences and insights in MS Teams, Viva Insights promises to bring the power of Microsoft Workplace Analytics and Microsoft MyAnalytics together under the Microsoft Viva brand.

Watch the full Microsoft Viva product overview below.

Microsoft Viva Learning

Viva Learning is a central hub for learning in MS Teams where people can 'discover, share, assign, and learn from content libraries available across the organisation.' Viva Learning aims to make learning a part of every day for its users by connecting into it's 115 million daily active users in Teams. In Viva Learning users can chat about learnings and training, share content via chat, and pin curated resources collections to Teams channels and dedicated tabs.

Microsoft Viva Topics

Viva Topics is all about knowledge sharing, and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to 'empower people with knowledge and expertise in MS Teams and the Microsoft 365 apps they use every day and to connect, manage, and protect content across systems and teams.' Launching later this year, Viva Topics is built on the content and platform services of MS Teams and the Microsoft Graph, and will deliver knowledge directly through the Teams user experience.


How Diamond IT can help

Diamond IT specialises in MS Teams training, and utilises an interactive learning model to ensure staff not only understand key tools and concepts but are able to use them effectively in their typical workday. We work with you to ensure that your employees are getting the most from MS Teams, including the new wellbeing features, in a way that is unique to your organisation.

Our Technology Consulting team is available to make your MS Teams implementation and staff training program a success. Contact our team on 1300 307 907, today



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About Glendin Franklin-Browne
Glendin Franklin-Browne

Glendin Franklin-Browne is Diamond IT's Business Technology Consulting Manager, and a practical cybersecurity specialist who is passionate about partnering with businesses to elevate their technology and cybersecurity strategy. With a diverse career in the technology industry spanning more than 25 years, Glendin is passionate about working with forward-thinking business leaders to create strategic technology roadmaps, improve cybersecurity posture and increase productivity.