Last month, Microsoft launched its Viva Engage social networking platform for commercial customers. Now, the company has introduced a Facebook-like storyline feature in Viva Engage. It gives employees a personalized feed of content shared by co-workers across the organization and people they choose to follow.
“Storyline empowers everyone within your organization to connect and contribute, and enables your leaders to reach and engage employees. Through storyline, people can share updates, experiences, and perspectives to reach followers and colleagues across the organization. You can find, follow, and share to storylines from the applications you use every day including Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Microsoft Viva,” the Microsoft Viva team explained.
Microsoft says that the storyline feature is currently available in public preview for organizations. Moreover, IT Pros can enable it for end users in their tenants by selecting the “Manage storyline” option available on Yammer.com and the Viva Engage app.
Once enabled, users can access their storyline feeds by clicking the “storylines” link in Yammer or the “storylines” tab in the Viva Engage app. Users can upload a short video or create posts to introduce themselves, showcase their skills and achievements, and share content with others.
It is important to note that the storyline content will only be visible to internal employees, and guest users won’t be able to see it. Moreover, IT departments can choose to disable it for all employees in their organization.
Microsoft also plans to launch the stories feature in public preview in the next few months. This release will allow users to upload short videos or images that will show up at the top of the storyline feed and across Outlook, Teams, and Yammer. We invite you to check out Microsoft’s support document to learn more about managing the storyline feature in Yammer and Viva Engage.