Microsoft’s Viva Engage will soon be a Facebook competitor. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement about the company’s ambitions to introduce its own social media network as part of Microsoft Teams.
The purpose of Viva Engage is to improve upon the functionality that Microsoft’s departing Yammer Communities provided. The intention is to provide “new capacities to connect people, locate and exchange knowledge, express [oneself], and feel belonging at work,” according to Yammer and Viva’s CVP Murali Sitaram.
Viva Engage will be a business-focused social network comparable to LinkedIn, as opposed to Twitter or Facebook.
It will aid companies in creating a sense of community, igniting interest in leadership, utilising information and solutions, and creating personal networks.
Teams’ current Communities section will be replaced with Viva when it launches in “late August.” It will be accessible on all Microsoft Teams platforms, including the desktop, online, and mobile apps.
The changeover will be automatic, so users already utilising the Communities page won’t need to make any adjustments.
Teams will no longer use Yammer, although it will still be accessible through browsers and mobile apps. The new Viva Engage tab will still display all of the Yammer content that has been posted.
Microsoft states that it will have “much more to share soon” in the future, so we can anticipate more updates to Teams or other Microsoft products.