What is Microsoft Viva Connections

Digitisation and the new way of working, every organisation has to deal with it. For example, hybrid working has become the norm for many organisations. Important obstacles from the past, such as a lack of necessary systems, have disappeared in many cases. Productivity also increases and finding suitable staff is easier as travel time decreases. But how do you ensure that social bonding when employees work from home about half the time? And how do you keep everyone informed about what’s going on? You can do that with Microsoft Viva Connections. In this blog we explain what Microsoft Viva connections is and what it can do for your business.

What is MS Viva Connections exactly?

Nowadays, the social connection with your colleagues is unfortunately no longer easy to establish. Viva Connections wants to bridge the distance and offers a digital alternative to ‘the chat at the coffee machine’. MS Viva Connections is accessible via Teams and is the central point where knowledge, information and news come together.

The solution makes it easy for employees to share ideas and feedback with each other. Also it is easy to add content from all your favourite (Microsoft) apps, such as SharePoint or Microsoft Stream, to Viva Connections. This way, different sources of information come together, so you do not have to switch between different applications. With Viva Connections, the Teams environment becomes more personal and relevant.

What is Microsoft Viva Connections

MS Viva Connections makes SharePoint intranet accessible through Teams

A big advantage is that MS Viva Connections ensures that you have access to SharePoint within Microsoft Teams. All information is therefore available within Teams as if the end user is on the intranet. This includes organisational news, department news, discussions, and HR documents, all in the corporate identity of the organisation. The big advantage of this? That employees use the intranet on a daily basis and remain closely involved in the organisation (developments).

The most important features of Viva Connections

Viva Connections offers your organisation various options for connecting employees. The main features at the moment are:

  • Making intranet available within Teams via the home button, for both the desktop version and the mobile app.
  • Support for adaptive cards, both in the desktop version and in the mobile app.
  • Ability to search organisation-wide for content within Teams and SharePoint.
  • View news articles based on location or department.
  • The mobile Microsoft Viva app that adds even more features.

It is expected that Viva Connections will be further expanded with new functionalities in the near future and that it will eventually become the app for all workplace communication.

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