What’s new for Microsoft Viva – May 2023
In May Microsoft has unveiled a range of exciting updates and features for its employee experience platform, Microsoft Viva. These enhancements are set to revolutionize the way organizations work and collaborate. One notable addition is the customization of the Viva Connections Mobile dashboard, allowing employees to personalize their dashboard with the most relevant information. Organizations can tailor this feature to meet their specific requirements, thanks to the flexibility provided to tenant admins and site operators.
In this blog post, you can dive into the latest updates for Microsoft Viva and explore how they can benefit both employees and organizations alike.
Viva Connections Dashboard Customization
Microsoft announced that dashboard customization is now available on Viva Connections Mobile! This feature allows your employees to personalize their mobile dashboard with the information that is most relevant to their work.
Microsoft understands that every organization is different, and you may have specific requirements or preferences. Therefore, Microsoft want to let you know that as a tenant admin or site operator, you can turn off the feature if necessary. The toggle turn OFF will be available in the dashboard details with the heading “Allow users to rearrange and hide dashboard cards”
Viva Engage iOS and Android apps: Navigation Updates
Microsoft is updating the Viva Engage mobile app’s navigation to make it easier for users to jump to their profile, catch up on their inbox and notifications, access their Bookmarks, and view and adjust Settings.
Live People Card within Viva Goals
Users can now hover over icons of different users within Viva Goals to display their Live People Card.
Microsoft Viva: Personalized activity feed
With this release, Users especially non OKR owners will land on their activity feed page that is prioritized with updates from leaders, people they work with regularly and OKRs that are relevant to help them stay informed on the status, progress, comments/reactions from people of the goals they care about. Users can comment/react to the post in the activity feed.
Microsoft Viva: Configure learning academies
Admins can create and manage learning academies in the Viva Learning Admin tab.
Viva Connections will be made available to use for DoD
Viva Connections will be made available to use for DoD.
Microsoft Viva: Enhancements to aggregate insights surfaced through the Viva Insights app in Teams
With this release, the aggregate insights surfaced through the Viva Insights app in Teams will display results for all subgroups within the organization. New sorting controls will make it easier to highlight the most important information, and the interactive charts will make navigating the results easier than ever.
New Viva Goals Admin Experience
In May, Microsoft will begin rolling out a new admin experience for Viva Goals. This update is designed to create more consistency and clarity navigating the admin experience across the Viva suite. To access the experience, navigate to the setup tab in the left nav of the Microsoft 365 admin center, then click on Viva Collection -> Viva Goals.
Viva Engage (Yammer): iOS App Minimum Support Changes
For the Viva Engage (Yammer) app on iOS devices, iOS 15 or later will now be required for the Viva Engage (Yammer) mobile app. Phones running iOS 14 will still be able to use Viva Engage (Yammer) after the cutoff but won’t receive any new app updates.
Bulk Community Member Import for Viva Engage GA
As a Viva Engage community manager, one of the most important and time-consuming tasks is managing members, especially in large organizations where efficiency matters. If you’re a community manager for an Engage community in a Native Mode network, Microsoft is introducing a feature that will allow managers to bulk add multiple members to their community using a CSV file. This will help community managers establish their initial community membership, bring over members from another community, or migrate from another community platform. Community managers can add up to 20,000 members and the upload can take up to 24 hours to process.
Updates to Viva Connections desktop experience
To improve the experience for users, Microsoft is making an update to the layout of the Viva Connections desktop experience. This change applies to all customers using the default experience.
Microsoft Viva Connections News Notifications
Viva Connections is introducing mobile push notifications for SharePoint news.
Enable Integrations for all Viva Goals Organizations
Soon, any viva Goals integration(s) that would be enabled by Tenant or Viva Goals Administrators, would be made available to all Viva Goals Organization users without the need for the Viva Goals Organization administrators to enable the new integration(s) for their respective Viva Goals Organizations.
Yammer Rebranding to Viva Engage
As Microsoft announced a few months ago, all Yammer surfaces will be undergoing a transformation and will now be known as Viva Engage. Users will experience the new Viva Engage branding across the remaining surfaces, including the website, integrations, SharePoint, Progressive Web App (PWA), embed, email notifications and email digest.
The last step remaining is the URL update, which will occur at the end of this year. Microsoft will provide more details as we get closer to that milestone. Our team is working tirelessly to ensure a seamless transition, minimizing disruption to your workflow. Microsoft appreciates your continued support and patience throughout this rebranding journey.
Retirement of storyline “Preview Features” for Viva Engage and Yammer
The “Preview Features” toggle enabled customers to get an advanced peek at four premium storyline features, prior to them being generally available. These features are now generally released and are available to users with a Viva Suite license, so this preview is no longer necessary.
Microsoft Viva: Answers information panel
Support employees getting started with using Answers in Viva by providing guidance in the Answers information panel.
Microsoft Viva: Campaign discovery hub
Campaign discovery hub in Viva Engage to help users explore and discover existing campaigns.
Microsoft Viva: Search for Campaigns
Users will be able to search for and find campaigns in an easy and intuitive way.
Avanade Integration through Data Egress in Insights
Avanade’s employee experience transformation takes the next step by integrating with Viva Insights metrics to unlock deeper understanding and offer new solutions.
McKinsey Integration through Data Egress in Insights
Organizational Health Index (OHI) applies analytical rigor to organizational health management. Our quantitative diagnostics and proven recipes for success empower senior leaders to measure and achieve the organizational health required to sustain long-term performance. This integration includes Viva Insights metrics to enhance OHI’s diagnostics and solutions.
Answers-focused view for Viva Engage
Next month, more enhancements for Answers in Viva will be available for Microsoft Viva customers. A new Answers-focused view will be rolling out for organizations with limited Viva Engage communities to help focus their Viva Engage experience on asking and answers questions.
Viva Learning content provider configuration feature will now be available in Viva Learning Admin tab
Provider configuration will now be available on Viva Learning Admin tab. Admins can add/edit/delete the LMS, 3P and global learning providers directly from Manage providers in Viva Learning app. The existing configuration capabilities on M365 Admin centre will no longer be available by 15th June.
Answers in Viva Information Panel
Next month, more enhancements for Answers in Viva will be available for Microsoft Viva customers. Admins will see a new information panel appear in the right column of the Answers tab within the Viva Engage app in Microsoft Teams, and on Yammer.com.