Starting today, the Yammer Communities app for Teams is now Viva Engage, the newest app for Microsoft Viva, designed to connect people, find and share knowledge, express yourself, and find belonging at work.
Viva Engage gives leaders new tools to shape culture and align their workforce through new communication and engagement opportunities. For employees, it provides new ways to build a sense of community, strengthen relationships with coworkers, share their work and perspective, and find answers to their questions – all within Microsoft Teams desktop, web, and mobile. Viva Engage will be coming to Outlook soon. Viva Engage is available at no additional cost to most Microsoft 365 customers: It can be used by anyone enabled to use Yammer.
The new Viva Engage app in Teams.
Storyline and stories – a new way to share and discover
Viva Engage also introduces storyline and stories which enables employees to connect with colleagues and share and socialize their thoughts, knowledge, and experiences through conversations, images, and videos.
Yammer is a key part of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Viva and this change only impacts the Communities app for Teams & Outlook. Current users of the Communities app will be able to use Viva Engage with no additional licensing. The Yammer web experience and the native Yammer mobile apps will continue to be a part of Microsoft 365 SKUs and the same communities, storylines, and stories are made available through both Yammer and the new Viva Engage app. We are continuing to invest in Yammer and bring the powers of Yammer to Microsoft 365 and Viva.
How does Viva Engage and Yammer work together?
For nearly ten years, Yammer has been a leader in employee engagement. Now we are delivering these superpowers into the Microsoft Viva platform, to empower people and teams to be their best, have a voice, and feel included in the workplace. We know communities, conversations, cross-company relationships, and personal expression are critical to any thriving culture and organization – and essential pieces of employee experience.
Viva Engage will continue to show the same network, home feed, and communities that you see today in Yammer. Any content created in Yammer.com or mobile – including community conversations, storyline posts, and stories – will be viewable in Viva Engage. Likewise, content created in Engage will show up in Yammer web and mobile experiences. Viva Engage will continue to respect any custom branding done for the Communities app. To use Viva Engage, an organization must be licensed for Yammer.
How to get Viva Engage?
If you do not use the Communities app in Teams, you can simply install and pin the Viva Engage app globally in Microsoft Teams. Work with your IT Admins to pin, customize or adjust the app in Teams. If you are using the Communities app, the app will automatically update to Viva Engage branding starting today. The new Viva Engage UX will roll out from the end of August to the end of September.
Next, we’ll be opening up storyline for public preview in early September . This will appear as an option in the Yammer admin settings. We have a lot more to share about Viva Engage soon so keep an eye on the Microsoft Viva blog.