Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, has unveiled the company’s plans to compete with Facebook with its own social media network, named Viva Engage. This network will be integrated into Microsoft Teams and seeks to improve the functionality of departing Yammer Communities.
According to Viva’s CVP Murali Sitaram in a blog post, Microsoft Viva Engage “will be a new and expanded experience of the current Yammer Communities app for Microsoft Teams and adds new capabilities to connect people, locate and share knowledge, express yourself, and find belonging at work.”
Employees will be able to engage with their coworkers and exchange “thoughts, information, and experiences through chats, photographs, and videos” thanks to Viva Engage’s storyline and storytelling features. It is important to note that Microsoft’s social media network is more focused on the business community than the general public, similar to LinkedIn.
Microsoft claims that Viva Engage was developed with the hybrid work mode in mind and that the corporation is trying to provide leaders with “new tools to form culture and align their workforce by unlocking communication and engagement opportunities” through the social media network.
Employees now have “new methods to develop a sense of community, strengthen relationships with coworkers, share their work and perspective, and find answers to their problems” thanks to Microsoft’s new social media network.
The Communities app on Microsoft Teams will be rebranded as Microsoft Viva Engage once it launches in late August. It will be available on desktop, the web, and mobile apps. The administrator won’t need to update any settings for users who already utilize the Communities app in order to integrate Viva Engage.
Customers of Yammer will be able to use the Teams Admin Center to deploy and pin Viva Engage on Microsoft Teams’ left rail.
“Viva Engage will continue to show the same network, home feed, and communities that you see today in Yammer,” said Sitaram in the blog post. “Any content created in Yammer.com or mobile – including community conversations, storyline posts, and stories – will be viewable in Viva Engage. Likewise, content created in Engage will show up in Yammer native experiences,” he added.