Back in September, Microsoft Viva Connections reached public preview, bringing the component of the company’s employee experience to more users. Now Microsoft is going a step further and says Viva Connections is now expanding to general availability.
Viva Connections acts as a bridge between companies and their employees. It is a part of Microsoft Teams and allows a connection to give employees access to important content. Connections is available on the web (feed and dashboard), mobile, and on desktop:
- “Viva Connections mobile app experience – This is the first look at the mobile experience for Viva Connections. It introduces the dashboard, feed, and resources tabs and brings these experiences together into a personalized and actionable employee home base. Once enabled, the Viva Connections app is available for your employees right from within the Teams app, both on mobile and desktop.
- Viva Connections desktop – This updated version of the desktop experience streamlines installation and deployment for admins in the Microsoft Teams admin center. The new dashboard and feed web parts enable customers to have consistency across the mobile and desktop experiences. For organizations using the existing version of Viva Connections desktop, learn about the differences and how to upgrade to this version.
- Dashboard web part – In the dashboard, employees can find useful resources and actionable tasks, like submitting expense reports, accessing benefits, requesting time off work, or verifying health checks to return to the office.
- Feed web part – The feed provides a single, personalized view where employees can explore news and join conversations from across the organization, keeping people connected. It aggregates relevant news and discussions across Microsoft 365 services to keep people informed and make it easy for people to participate, add value, and share their unique perspective and expertise.”
Viva Connections is just one component of the platform, which also so far includes Viva Topics, Viva Learning, and Viva Insights. Back in February, Microsoft debuted Viva Learning and at Ignite 2021 in March, Microsoft said Viva would arrive in preview soon.
At the Ignite November event earlier this month, Microsoft revealed it is also allowing customers to get Microsoft Viva as a single suite. This will combine all the – so far individual – modules of the Viva experience into a single experience.
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.
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