Microsoft Viva – a new portal to help businesses with remote work

According to the latest news, Microsoft Viva is Microsoft’s new push for helping businesses with remote work. Experts are considering the project as a big bet on this new way of life becoming the norm. Microsoft Viva is designed to act as a portal for both employees and businesses to navigate the complexities of working from home. Microsoft is going to launch it today itself. The company said parts of the platform will roll out throughout 2021.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said “We have participated in the largest, at scale, remote work experiment the world has seen. As the world recovers, there is no going back. Flexibility in when, where, and how we work will be key.”

It should be noted that Microsoft Viva is neither an app or nor a service. It is more of a platform for improving remote work and helping businesses adjust to it.

Jared Spataro, head of Microsoft 365 said “We need to stop thinking about work as a place, and start thinking about how to maintain a culture, connect employees, and harness human ingenuity in a hybrid world.” Earlier, Spataro predicted that the pandemic would forever change the way we work and learn.

Microsoft Viva is designed for this new flexible and digital era of work. It integrates into Microsoft Teams and works rather like the intranet of old by collecting essential parts of a business into a central location. As per reports, Microsoft is splitting Viva up into four specific modules: connections, insights, learning, and topics. Spataro said, “You can think of it as a gateway to your digital workplace.”

Viva Connections is built on top of Microsoft’s SharePoint technology. It will come with features like company news, town halls, or even employee resource groups and communities. In simple words, it is basically a dashboard for remotely connecting with colleagues.

Microsoft disclosed Viva Insights will include data for managers and leaders to monitor work patterns and trends. Spataro said, “This means personal insights are visible only to the employee, while insights for managers and leaders are aggregated and de-identified by default to protect individual privacy.”

Microsoft launches Microsoft Viva to help businesses with remote work
Microsoft launches Microsoft Viva to help businesses with remote work

Viva Learning looks into employee learning and development. Here, employers can send training materials, courses, and other content for employee education. Apart from the business’s own courses, it will include content from LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Learn.

Viva Topics uses AI to organize content and automatically surfaces topic cards with documents, videos, and related people. Spataro said, “Think of Viva topics as a Wikipedia for the organization.” Viva Topics will generate topic cards from apps like Office, Teams, and SharePoint.

It seems, like Microsoft Team’s Together mode feature, Viva is clearly inspired by the pandemic-era drive toward remote working. Viva is starting off partly from today. Viva Topics is now available for Microsoft 365 customers, and a public preview of Viva Insights also starts today. Microsoft is also launching a private preview of Viva Learning. The rest will be launched throughout 2021.

Key: Microsoft