Microsoft Viva: Manager insights in Microsoft Viva Insights app, Outlook and Office.com for GCC

To empower managers to foster productivity and wellbeing for teams – large or small – new insights and tools are being introduced in the “My team” tab of the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams for GCC, as well as in manager cards in the daily briefing and monthly digest emails from Microsoft Viva. These will help managers explore and improve their personal habits and team culture. Further, a new Viva Insights team home page will be discoverable at Office.com.

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Microsoft Viva: Shared focus plan in Viva Insights

The shared focus plan enables managers and team leads to foster mutual productivity norms and drive a positive team culture by inviting teams to book focus time for uninterrupted work.
More info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/viva/insights/use/myteam

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Microsoft Viva: Enabling Delay Delivery Plan in Outlook to Microsoft Viva Insights licensed users (preview)

To empower people with personal insights and recommendations in the flow of work that help build better work habits, we are expanding Delay Delivery plan in Outlook to Microsoft Viva Insights licensed users (preview). The Delay Delivery plan is currently available only to people who are using Microsoft Viva Insights (MyAnalytics) and are enrolled in the MyAnalytics (Full) service plan.

Microsoft Viva Insights will show you suggestions for scheduling email deliveries that align with the recipients’ working hours in their respective time zones. The delay helps minimize disruptions to recipients outside their working hours.

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Microsoft Viva: Viva Topics – Updates to Topic Card

Improvements to topic card to expand long descriptions, show job titles for people and interactions with Live Persona Card.

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Microsoft 365 admin center: Viva Insights usage report

This usage report will help IT admins understand the number of daily enabled and active users for Viva Insights.
More info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/admin/activity-reports/activity-reports?view=o365-worldwide#which-activity-reports-are-available-in-the-admin-center

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Microsoft Viva Service health communications

In September 2021 we announced that My Analytics and Workplace Analytics services are becoming part of the Microsoft Viva brand, via MC282545. As part of our continued effort to streamline our Service health communications, service incidents and advisories will be published under the ‘Microsoft Viva’ service listing. Additionally, the ‘Microsoft Workplace Analytics’ service listing will be removed, and all future incidents and advisories will be communicated under ‘Microsoft Viva’.

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Briefing Email from Microsoft Viva: Language Expansion (FR, DE, IT, PT)

The Briefing email from Microsoft Viva helps users start their day on track by surfacing information to prepare for upcoming meetings, follow up on outstanding tasks as well as protect time for independent work. Currently, the briefing email is available for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users with Exchange Online mailboxes in English and Spanish. In June 2021, we announced in a message center post (MC259743) expanded support for Exchange Online mailboxes in French, German, Italian, and Portuguese set to start in November.

This message is a follow-up communication with guidance for admins of Microsoft 365 customers with Exchange Online mailboxes in French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Please review the actions suggested below.

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Viva Connections (Public preview) is rolling out

Viva Connections, part of Microsoft Viva, is your gateway to a modern employee experience. The Viva connections app incorporates a customizable dashboard, the feed, and relevant resources all in one experience in the Microsoft Teams mobile app.

This Public preview release includes the ability to:

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Viva Connections is now generally available!

Viva Connections, part of Microsoft Viva, is your gateway to a modern employee experience. The Viva Connections app incorporates a customizable dashboard, the feed, and relevant resources all in one experience in the Microsoft Teams mobile, web and desktop.

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Microsoft Viva: SharePoint Integration

The Knowledge Admin provides a site URL for where the Learning Service can create an empty centralized location – Learning App Content Repository – in the form of a structured SharePoint List. This list can be used by the organization to house links to cross-company SharePoint folders containing learning content. Admins are responsible for collecting and curating a list of URLs for folders. These folders should only include content that can be made available in the Learning app.

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