Microsoft is jumping into the employee-experience space in a big way today, February 4, with its announcement of Microsoft Viva. Viva packages together some already available and some new Microsoft technologies, ranging from Yammer and SharePoint, to its analytics and additional “Project Cortex” knowledge-management elements.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was on hand to roll out Viva during a virtual event today focused on “Reimagining the Employee Experience.” Viva marks Microsoft’s entry into the category of tools for employee onboarding, ongoing work-related education and knowledge discovery. Providing these kinds of employee resources virtually/remotely has become especially challenging during the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
I believe Viva is one of the first deliverables from Microsoft’s MetaOS/Taos work, though I doubt anyone at the company will say this publicly. In writing last year about MetaOS — Microsoft’s foundation aiming to make Microsoft