Microsoft Viva: A new app called Microsoft Viva Engage

Viva Engage gives leaders a new way to shape culture at their organizations by unlocking communication and engagement opportunities for everyone. Built on the foundation of Yammer, Viva Engage brings people together across the organization to connect with leaders and coworkers, find answers to questions, share their unique story, and find belonging at work.


Viva Engage, replacing Yammer Communities app for Teams

At Microsoft Inspire, Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, announced Microsoft Viva Engage, the newest app in Microsoft Viva, designed to help people and teams to be their best, have a voice, and feel included in the workplace. Viva Engage brings people together across the organization to connect with leaders and coworkers, find answers to questions, share their unique story, and find belonging at work. Viva Engage builds on Yammer, and brings together Yammer’s experiences—communities, open conversations, and personalized discovery—with new capabilities for self-expression and sharing through storyline and stories, and upcoming innovations. 


Storyline available for public preview in Yammer and Microsoft Viva Engage beginning late August

Beginning in late August, Yammer Network and Verified Admins will be able to opt into the public preview of storyline for Microsoft Viva Engage and Yammer, via a toggle control in Yammer.

Storyline empowers leaders to reach and engage people and enables everyone to connect and contribute while building their personal networks and amplifying their impact. Users share updates, experiences, and perspectives to their storyline to reach followers and colleagues. Through storyline, users can find relevant posts in their feeds and discover interesting people to follow to stay in touch with what they share.


Ability to manage third-party app subscriptions from Teams Admin

We will soon enable a centralized location in both Teams Admin Center and the Teams app store, where admins and end-users can view and manage all the third-party app subscriptions they’ve purchased. This update improves the existing subscription management flow and makes it easier and more intuitive.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 92484 and 95920.


Microsoft Teams: Virtual Appointment Graph API

The Virtual Appointment Graph API allows developers to create and manage Microsoft hosted Teams Virtual Appointments from any application. Virtual Appointments are designed for business to consumer workflows.


Teams on Mac Universal Binary PKG and Native Apple Silicon Support

Note: If your organization does not use macOS you can safely disregard this message.

We are happy to inform you that the Teams macOS desktop client is set to support Apple Silicon chips natively in the 3rd quarter of the calendar year 2022. This support will be delivered seamlessly to existing users via the usual update process. For new users and installation, the Teams macOS desktop client will come in a Universal Binary PKG which will automatically install natively for Mac devices that run on Intel or Apple Silicon device.


Assign Seats in Together Mode

Microsoft Teams users in a meeting will soon have the option to assign seats in Together Mode for all participants in a meeting.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83648


Microsoft Purview Information Protection – Public preview of Credential SITs

Now rolling out to public preview, we’re adding new Sensitive Information Types (SITs) to allow your organization to detect credential patterns (such as access keys, tokens, general passwords), as either individual patterns for specific detection or a bundle of all credential patterns for holistic detection.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88941.


Dynamically applied media logs settings in Teams

This update is aimed to improve your experience when updating the “Enable logging for meeting diagnostic” Teams settings. Either turned on or turned off, the preference will be dynamically applied right away and will not require a client restart, as it used to.

When this will happen:


OneDrive/SharePoint: Review mode for Word documents

What is Review mode?

When you open a document that was shared with you for review, you are automatically placed in Review mode.


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