Yammer is evolving to Microsoft Viva Interact



Hybrid work in an unsure financial local weather is inflicting many leaders to rethink methods to scale significant connections amongst their distributed groups. Greater than half (51 %) of workers surveyed for our Work Pattern Index say relationships exterior their quick work group have weakened.1 On the management degree, constructing social capital is essential to the success of office tradition. Actually, 68 % of enterprise decision-makers view cohesion and social connections inside groups as a reasonable to sturdy problem because of the shift to hybrid work.

For over 10 years, Yammer has been the social cloth for Microsoft’s productiveness cloud, bringing group and conversations into the apps that folks work in each day. Nevertheless, in an more and more distributed world of labor, group engagement is important to how individuals and groups come collectively and is a crucial pillar of the worker expertise, which is why final yr we launched Microsoft Viva Interact, an evolution of the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Groups, as the latest a part of Microsoft Viva.

We’ve heard your suggestions on this preliminary step and within the coming yr, all of Yammer will develop into Viva Interact, retiring the Yammer model. As well as, we’ll proceed to boost Viva Interact with new capabilities that spur management engagement, genuine expression, occasions, and information discovery, together with new experiences rolling out right now.

Two hybrid employees sharing a device and collaborating.

Microsoft Viva Interact

Join everybody at your group by worker communities and conversations.

Yammer is evolving to Viva Interact

The following section of the evolution will begin subsequent month, March 2023, with updates to the Communities app for Outlook and Yammer cell apps for iOS and Android. Exterior of branding adjustments, there aren’t any adjustments to the options, capabilities, and investments for Microsoft 365 prospects. You’ll proceed to expertise and profit from the facility of Viva Interact simply as you probably did with Yammer, with no lack of continuity. As well as, we are going to proceed to construct new capabilities that understand the facility of group, company communications on the organizational scale, and information sharing. We’re enthusiastic about how this transformation will create a unified Viva Interact expertise all through the net, cell, and different endpoints and produce consistency for Yammer and Viva customers. This evolution makes manner for brand new Viva capabilities powered by Viva Interact and can streamline options, assets, coaching, documentation, and assist for purchasers. Learn on to be taught extra about what’s coming and when you’ll be able to anticipate to see Yammer evolve into Viva Interact.

Connecting individuals within the hybrid period

New experiences rolling out for Viva Interact

In September 2022, we introduced a new wave of capabilities in Viva Interact that spurs management engagement, genuine expression, occasions, and information discovery. At this time, these experiences start to roll out worldwide for Viva suite and Microsoft Viva Matters prospects.

Management Nook offers an area for leaders to attach with workers, showcase worker useful resource teams, and foster tradition by discussions, storyline posts, occasions, and extra. Workers see the leaders that they’re linked to inside their group, after which leaders and their delegates can promote, mixture, and launch initiatives from a single place. A brand new choice of intuitive dashboards observe metrics and worker sentiment to assist management groups hold a pulse on conversations and information the dialogue with their workers.

The new Leadership Corner experience in Viva Engage brings together employees and their leaders.
Determine 1. The brand new Management Nook tab in Viva Interact is out there to Viva suite prospects.

Management Nook additionally introduces a brand new occasion fashion in Viva Interact referred to as Ask Me Something (AMA) occasions to additional drive engagement. AMA occasions modernize the usual city corridor expertise by upvoting, Q&A, and fascinating dialogue options like GIFs and pictures. Lengthy-running AMAs work nicely for leaders with globally distributed groups so everybody will get a possibility to ask questions, upvote others’ questions, and get responses from their leaders. AMAs additionally present moderation controls so leaders can hear what actually issues, reply questions, and be sure that workers have the newest info once they want it most.

Ask Me Anything events are a new chat-based event style in Viva Engage.
Determine 2. A have a look at the brand new Ask Me Something occasion expertise in Viva Interact.

Leaders and company communicators can even now create campaigns to drive key initiatives that assist enterprise targets and goals. These campaigns are routinely pulled into Management Nook and embrace a devoted marketing campaign web page, a visible Purpose Tracker to measure progress, and the flexibility to showcase key sponsors and acknowledge high contributors.

Social campaigns in Viva give your campaigns a dedicated space.
Determine 3. Campaigns carry your organization initiatives to life for workers.

Distant work has strained ambient information switch and logistical hurdles for workers making an attempt to be taught from one another. Workers who frequently search particular person experience from their friends can discover the method irritating or limiting because of many elements like time zones, overloaded inboxes, or complicated organizational silos. Solutions in Microsoft Viva is now rolling out to Viva suite prospects and Viva Matters prospects as a brand new tab in Viva Interact. Solutions makes use of Viva Matters and wealthy AI to floor and match worker inquiries to solutions and consultants, bringing collective information to work for everybody.

Asking a question within the Answers tab in Viva Engage.
Determine 4. Solutions in Viva helps to match worker questions with solutions and consultants.

Solutions surfaces related questions which were answered, recommends matters and consultants, highlights high options, and prompts and rewards individuals for contributing solutions to the information base.

A feed of recommended questions in Viva Engage.
Determine 5. See really helpful questions, trending content material, and badges you’ve earned.

To raised perceive engagement inside Viva Interact, we’ve added new Superior Analytics that drill down into a wide range of dashboards, together with devoted metrics for private analytics, viewers analytics, marketing campaign analytics, and international solutions. Customizable date ranges can help you decide attain and engagement over time to offer a deeper have a look at what’s taking place in Viva Interact. All metrics are aggregated and de-identified for privateness. They’re on by default however may be toggled off by a International Admin. Be taught extra about what’s included in these analytics and management how they’re rolled out on the Microsoft Viva Tech Group weblog.

New analytics dashboards are available within Viva Engage.
Determine 6. See detailed analytics of your impression throughout Viva Interact.

Viva Interact in Outlook and cell

In March 2023, the present Communities app for Outlook will probably be up to date to replicate Viva Interact branding. This alteration will occur routinely, with no motion essential to see this replace. Clients can use the brand new Viva Interact app to remain on high of group and dialog exercise immediately from Outlook, whether or not within the desktop app or internet expertise.

Additionally in March 2023, the Yammer cell apps for iOS and Android will even be up to date to Viva Interact to offer a local mobile-first expertise that’s optimized for social sharing and wealthy media. To see the brand new expertise, you’ll must replace your app. Viva Interact will also be used by the Groups cell app.

Get Microsoft Viva right now

The brand new experiences for leaders, communicators, and workers that we introduced can be found to Microsoft Viva prospects and start rolling out right now. Be taught extra about every characteristic and the licenses required.

Trying forward

We need to sincerely thank all of our Yammer and Viva prospects who’ve been on this journey with us, and we are going to proceed to speak in regards to the timing and adjustments that you could anticipate to see on the Yammer Tech Group weblog. Please notice this transformation doesn’t impression the present pricing or capabilities out there to present Microsoft 365 prospects.

We stay up for constructing the way forward for Viva Interact collectively and have large plans for Microsoft Viva within the coming yr and past.

To be taught extra in regards to the adjustments introduced right now, be part of us on February 23, 2023, for an AMA with the product leaders from the Viva Interact workforce.

Continuously requested questions

Is that this a complete rebrand of Yammer?

Sure, we began this journey with the rebranding of the Communities app in Groups in 2022. Over the following yr, the remaining Yammer experiences will probably be rebranded to replicate Viva Interact branding and higher align with Microsoft Viva.

What does this imply for Yammer?

Yammer will proceed as Viva Interact, with the following step being the rebranding of the Communities app for Outlook and Yammer cell apps for iOS and Android. Over the following yr, all of Yammer will probably be rebranded into Viva Interact.

This doesn’t change the present capabilities, worth, or pricing to Yammer for present Microsoft 365 prospects or M365 SKUs. Management Nook, Superior Analytics, and Solutions in Viva will probably be out there to Viva suite prospects. Solutions in Viva will even be out there to Viva Matters prospects.

Will any Yammer performance not be out there as a part of this transformation to Viva Interact?

There aren’t any adjustments to the options or performance ensuing from this transformation.

The place can I get assist organising Viva Interact?

Attain out to FastTrack, your account supervisor, or learn to deploy Yammer/Viva Interact.

We are going to assist talk this transformation and have made out there a sophisticated deployment information by FastTrack for prospects.

You too can discover useful adoption supplies at Viva Interact Adoption. We are going to proceed so as to add supplies for purchasers to make use of for communication and coaching as extra capabilities develop into out there.

Will the identical content material moderation and different admin insurance policies set in Yammer be transferred over to Viva Interact?

Sure, all administrative insurance policies and capabilities will stay. Obtain this FAQ for an in depth have a look at Viva Interact for admins.

1Work Pattern Index, WorkLab, Microsoft.