What’s new for Microsoft Viva – April 2023
As we move further into 2023, Microsoft Viva has been making headlines with its latest updates and features. It has been a busy month for Viva Goals, Viva Connections, and Viva Topics, which have all received significant enhancements and improvements.
These updates promise to provide employees with more seamless and engaging experiences, as well as enable organizations to better track and achieve their goals. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the latest updates for Microsoft Viva and explore how they can benefit both employees and organizations alike.
SharePoint content on Office.com and Edge New Tab Page Feed show related Viva Topics
Microsoft Feed items will soon show a Viva Topic pill when it is relevant for SharePoint content. This allows the user to easily learn more about the topic and get to the people and content related to the topic for that item.
Mobile quick access to Homesite in Viva Connections
Feature to improve the discoverability and access of SharePoint (SP) Homesite for customers of SP using Viva connections mobile.
Mobile SharePoint site navigation
Feature to allow Viva connections mobile users to browse and reach SharePoint sites by surfacing their hub and site navigation in the VC app.
Viva Goals usage report
Viva Goals usage report about active users and platform distribution of 7/30/90/180 days in Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
Academies in Viva Learning
Academies in Viva Learning provide a guided learning experience to employees to improve their skills.
Viva Pulse is a feedback tool that empowers managers to get day to day feedback on projects and team dynamics, resulting in quicker action. Using smart templates, research-backed questions, and analytics, Viva Pulse enables teams to use their voice so they can help managers pinpoint what’s working well and which areas to focus on over time.
Follow a topic
Users can now follow topics from experiences across Microsoft 365 and the Viva suite to receive personalized experiences and notifications of activities around topics of interest.
Viva Topics Teams app
The official Viva Topics app in Teams is rolling out to external customers.
Viva Topics Teams app as the new destination for discovering new and trending topics in the organization, providing feedback on suggested topics, catching up on activities on topics of interest and more.
In-product announcements for the Yammer website rebrand to Viva Engage
Microsoft is thrilled to share the exciting news that the rebranding of Yammer and all its surfaces is nearly complete! The Yammer website, the SharePoint and embed integrations, as well as the Power Automate integration rebranding will take place during the last week of June of 2023.
Microsoft 365 admin center: Viva Goals Usage Report
A new report will be made available to help you understand how Viva Goals is used within your organization. The new usage report in the Microsoft 365 admin center will provide metrics on the number of active users including trial and paid licenses and platform distribution (Teams, Slack, Azure DevOps, and Web) with the ability to view 7/30/90/180 day timeframes.
Using the Viva Goals usage report, Admins will be able to view metrics for how people in your organization are using Viva Goals and in which platforms.
Viva Goals: Changes to Members’ Listing in Organization and Team Administration pages
As part of our continued efforts to improve customer experience in Viva Goals, we are bringing in a few changes to how members of organizations and teams are listed in the admin pages in Viva Goals.
In March 2023, we rolled out a feature that allowed Viva Goals team admins to add an AAD group as members to a team. As part of this feature, org admins can also add multiple groups as members to an organization. As groups can now be added as members of an organization/team, we will soon be launching an updated members listing page that will list both individuals and groups as members of an organization or team.
Microsoft Viva: Mobile SharePoint site navigation
Microsoft will be releasing a feature update that will allow Viva connections mobile users to browse and reach SharePoint sites by surfacing their hub and site navigation in Viva Connections.
If you are exposing SharePoint sites on the Viva connections app, users will be able to see a navigation the same way. This will allow users to be able to browse other sites from that menu reducing overall friction.
Viva Goals in Live People Cards
Increase transparency by viewing a user’s OKRs from Viva Goals within a Live People Card in Outlook
Viva Goals Custom Views
User can now filter and save custom views to quickly access views that are most relevant.
Viva Goals Zapier data integration
The Viva Goals integration with Zapier allows users to automate their key results with progress from over 5000+ apps in the Zapier marketplace.
Viva Goals extension in Azure DevOps
The Viva Goals extension in ADO enables users to view alignment details within ADO Work Items. When a work item is connected to a project in Viva Goals, they can view end alignment in the Goals tab. Users can also perform check-ins, create projects, and more without leaving ADO.
Viva Goals OKR views in Sharepoin
Embed OKR lists as URL or HTML iframe in your organization’s announcement pages on SharePoint.
Granularity in Viva Goals Permissions- New Tenant IT Admin role
Introducing an additional admin role with the Tenant level IT Admin who has the ability to administer Viva Goals, enable integrations, etc
Viva Goals Workplace integration
Users can receive OKRs updates and check-in reminders within Workplace
Auto-categorization coming to meeting category insights in Viva Insights
Users with a Viva Insights license will be able to see what kind of meetings are taking up their time, automatically categorized by Viva Insights based on meeting size, cadence, and people in the meetings. Categories include long and large, recurring, and 1:1 meetings.
Meeting category insights in the Viva Insights app helps Viva Insights licensed users understand how they are allocating their time across meeting categories. Today, the feature uses the categories manually assigned by users in Outlook and Teams. In an upcoming update, meeting category insights will begin automatically categorizing meetings for users based on meeting size, cadence, and number of people in the meetings.
Viva Learning employee learning API: Content sync
Content Sync API, which enables learning content hosted on learning systems to show up across the Viva Learning user experience.
Microsoft Viva: Mobile Dashboard personalization
Now you can customize your Viva Connection Dashboard by adding, removing or reordering your dashboard cards.