What you need to know
- Microsoft Viva's birthday is February 4.
- In honor of the employee experience platform's one-year anniversary, Microsoft has released stats and figures on how Viva is doing.
- To date, it's managed over 10 million monthly active users and more than 1,000 paying customers, including high-profile businesses such as PayPal and Nationwide.
Microsoft Viva was announced by Microsoft on February 4, 2021, and celebrates its first birthday on February 4, 2022. To mark the occasion, Viva's creator has released stats about its employee experience platform (EXP) to showcase how it's doing.
The platform, which is built to help facilitate employee wellness and retainment in the hybrid era, has had major accomplishments during its first year in the Microsoft ecosystem. To date, over 10 million active monthly users utilize it. Not to mention, Viva's secured some big-name paying customers such as PayPal, Unilever, Blum, and Nationwide.
Beyond helping with employee wellness, Viva is specifically targeted at combating disconnectedness, burnout, and other areas of concern modern workforces have to deal with. It can be found via its integration in Microsoft Teams as well as other MS365 apps.
You can read Microsoft's full blog post (opens in new tab) to learn everything you could possibly want to know about Viva. But in case you just want the cliff notes, here's what's next for the EXP:
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I'd never heard of this before today. But I turn off all the "wellness" stuff on my phone, etc., so.....
I mean is it really a "Viva" Stat when they just rebranded my analytics, cortana daily insights, and delve into Viva so if people were using those services they'd automatically be using Viva? I used my analytics for the focus time and the daily insights email at work. When it switched to Viva all of my stuff was still active (without any interaction from me or interaction from me as an admin for my org) it just started having the Viva branding and I was now "using Viva". With all that in mind doesn't seem like these are really true stats for the Viva Service tbh.
"without any interaction from me or interaction from me as an admin for my org"
This is a big maybe here. Maybe you want to use it for your organization's sake so you can see see what value(s) it adds or not.
So, don't say it does nothing because you did nothing.
I think you missed the point of what I said. I never said Viva didn't have value or that it wasn't good. I think it's great and use the features of it all the time. My point was the a lot of features of Viva were something else before they were Viva and companies had them on and were using them before they were rolled into Viva and rebranded. Those companies didn't have to do anything when MS transitioned those services to Viva. Therefore the usage of Viva stat isn't really accurate for gaging how good a service is being adopted when it was something else first then just became Viva.
Focus time, and insights were both MyAnalytics /Cortana features in Teams first, but whatever, they work great! Focus time especially is pure gold.
Given that they are turned on by default by many corporate accounts, is this a huge deal? I get those emails every day and never read them.
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