For these of you who love performative networking at work to get forward, you’ll be thrilled to know that Microsoft has a brand new platform for connecting along with your coworkers: Storyline, which seems very very like Microsoft noticed Fb and thought, yeah, we will do this.
Weirdly, Microsoft can’t even appear to determine what to name its new community. In a single video, the corporate calls the brand new community Microsoft Viva Interact. In one other, Microsoft calls the brand new platform Storyline. They appear equivalent, and carry out the identical operate: permitting you to publish to your organization’s feed, create teams, and inform tales within the vein of Fb and Instagram. Editor’s Notice: Microsoft says Storyline is a function of Viva Interact, a Fb-like feed of posts and/or tales.
All of them run on prime of Microsoft Viva, which was Microsoft’s effort to change your organization’s intranet when it launched final 12 months with Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Studying, and Viva Subjects. Viva Connections was introduced as a digital place for worker interactions, which mainly sounds just like the progenitor for Storyline/Viva Interact. So, sure, that’s now three names for what is basically the identical factor.
However wait — doesn’t Microsoft already have a social community? Properly, sure, it has two: Microsoft purchased Yammer for $1.2 billion a decade in the past, and since then the collaborative platform has been built-in into Workplace and Groups, the place… you’ve most likely by no means used it. And, after all, Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016, which has grow to be the de facto website for sprucing up your resume and positioning your self as a enterprise influencer. Neither, apparently, was used as the inspiration for Storyline/Viva Interact/Viva Connections.
In accordance with Microsoft, Storyline will open in public preview in August. The Communities app for Groups shall be rebranded as Viva Interact. Present Yammer prospects will be capable of deploy and pin Viva Interact on the left rail of Groups by way of the Groups Admin Middle. Posts made in Storyline will attain Microsoft Viva Connections, Outlook, Groups, and Yammer through a brand new Storylines tab.
However Microsoft additionally says that whereas Viva Interact shall be made avaialable to business Microsoft 365 prospects at no extra cost, your organization will want a Yammer license to make use of the app. Good luck with that.
However, with Storyline you’ll nonetheless be capable of just about hearken to classes your chief govt has realized within the enterprise world, and inspirational messages out of your HR division. You’ll be capable of publish inspiring messages of your individual, react with emoji (the “praying palms” is a favourite) and scatter company references throughout your timeline. You’ll be capable of publish about your work, and comply with different fascinating folks in your organization to find out about them, Microsoft says. You possibly can share quick movies to specific your self.
And in the event you’re involved that Storyline/Viva Interact/Viva Connections will merely add extra litter to your digital way of life as but one other place the place one thing crucial will be saved — effectively, Storyline/Viva Interact/Viva Connections shall be built-in in Groups, Microsoft says. That suggests that content material shall be searchable, so in case your boss posts a brand new photograph of their favourite pet, you’ll be capable of shortly “like” it — if the Storyline/Viva Interact/Viva Connections notification doesn’t already warn you. Quickly you’ll be an affiliate vp very quickly!
In additional sensible information, Microsoft additionally introduced Excel Dwell, which is a solution to collaboratively edit Excel paperwork inside Groups. That can most likely be helpful for discussing enterprise throughout Groups calls between shoppers, enterprise leaders, and rank-and-file staff. After all, who’s going to have time for that?
This story was up to date at 5:26 PM with extra particulars.