Back in February, Microsoft introduced Viva Learning, which is a new part of the company's expanded employee experience service. At Ignite 2021 last month, Microsoft said Viva would arrive in preview soon. That time has now arrived with the release of the first public preview of Viva Learning.
Viva Learning is part of the overall Viva employee experience, which also includes Viva Connections and Viva Insights.
Viva Connections has been available to all SharePoint customers since March. The second, Viva Insights launched in public preview last month to give organizations actionable insights into productivity across teams.
As promised, Viva Learning is now also available in preview. Microsoft explains how it used customer feedback to build the features of the service:
“We're continuing to build Viva Learning to seamlessly integrate learning into the tools you already use everyday – you can share learning via chat, pin learning content in existing Teams channels, recommend learning, see all your available learning sources in a personalized view, search across available sources, and so much more.”
If you're unfamiliar with Viva Learning, it acts as a single location for employees to learn. It provides access to tools for discovering and sharing content, while also allows admins to assign learning materials to employees.
Admins place learning resources within the services, allowing employees to easily tap into them. Microsoft's own learning tools are also included, such as Microsoft Learn and LinkedIn Learning. Major third-party tools are also available, including edX, Coursera, and Skillsoft.
With the public preview, Microsoft is bringing Viva Learning to all customers with a Microsoft Teams subscription. That basically means organizations with a Microsoft 365 plan. The only exceptions are Government and Education customers.
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