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Microsoft Viva is an employee platform built on Microsoft 365 that provides learning, resources, insights, knowledge, and communications. Until now, the platform has been a collection of separate modules, Connections, Insights, Learning, and Topics. At Ignite 2021, Microsoft revealed Microsoft Viva is now available as a complete suite.

The suite includes Topics, Insights, Learning, and Connections. Microsoft is also adding a new module in the future based on its recent acquisition of Ally.io.

Looking across the now connected platform, Microsoft Viva Insights is gaining new features to enhance collaboration and productivity. The company details the following additions coming to Insights:

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  • “New insights and tools to help managers improve personal habits while fostering team culture will be available in the Viva Insights app and in manager cards in the daily briefing and monthly digest emails from Microsoft Viva starting this month.
  • A new effective meetings experience will be available in the coming months in the Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams. Meeting organizers will be able to view personalized insights and suggestions to help improve their meeting habits. Users will also be able to create and share meeting plans to set team meeting norms, such as shorter meetings by default and always including Teams links.
  • Guided meditations and mindfulness exercises from Headspace in the Viva Insights app in Teams will be generally available later this month in additional languages – French, German, Portuguese and Spanish – to foster mindfulness and wellbeing throughout the workday.”

Microsoft Viva Topics

At Ignite 2021, there was also news on Viva Topics, which is getting a bunch of updates. Those include features reaching general availability in the coming months. For example, more connections to Microsoft services like Microsoft 365, Yammer, and Outlook.

Microsoft will also debut a question concierge service that provides access to expert advice when the answer is not available in the Q&A. Elsewhere, topic managers will have more methods for overseeing large knowledge domains.

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