At its Inspire 2022 virtual conference today, Microsoft announced Viva Engage and a host of other new features coming to Microsoft 365.
“Now that hybrid work is just work, the challenge for organizations is to balance employee demands for flexibility with business needs,” Microsoft corporate vice president Emily He writes. “More than ever, today’s shifting macroeconomic environment requires maximizing productivity while reducing costs. The digital imperative for every organization is to deliver integrated technology solutions powered by data and AI to help employees work better and smarter.”
Microsoft announced over 450 new features for Microsoft 365 in the past year alone—that’s an average of almost 38 new features each month, which helps explain why it’s so hard to cover this product family—most of which are aimed at hybrid work scenarios. But there’s a lot more on the way. Some of the key new announcements include:
Excel Live. Excel Live helps users collaborate on workbooks in real-time inside of Teams meetings.
Video Clip. This new Teams feature will let you record, send, and view short videos.
New Windows 365 features. Microsoft’s Windows 365 service will soon support Citric HDX Plus for support on a wider range of clients and endpoints, a new Government SKU that will enable U.S., state, and contractor availability, and enhancements to Windows 365 Business. You can learn more here.
Microsoft Viva Engage. This new Viva offering is a Teams app that brings social media-like functionality, built on Yammer. “Leaders can share news and insights, answer questions, and facilitate two-way conversations that help employees feel heard and included,” Microsoft notes. “With Storyline and Stories features, employees can connect with coworkers, and share their thoughts, expertise, passions, and ideas.” You can learn more here.