AI-powered Skills is coming to Microsoft Viva: Top 3 features

The new AI-powered Skills will be released at the 2023, with no additional costs for Viva users.

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  • HR departments and CEOs will be able to use Skills to find the right employees.
  • On the other hand, individuals can use the service to keep their skills up to date.
  • It will be released with a set of features, but Microsoft will add others down the road.

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Microsoft is releasing a new service to Microsoft Viva, AI-powered Skills. The new Skills service is aimed at HR departments and organizations looking to hire fresh talent, help them grow, and manage them.

In today’s fast-paced talent marketplace, the ability to identify dynamic skillsets (a set of abilities that is adaptable, flexible, and continually evolving) gives companies a more robust picture of the talent profile, going beyond the traditional norms of job title and resume data. However, this transition to a skill-based organization can be challenging, often hindered by low employee engagement in building and updating skills. Recognizing these obstacles, we are excited to introduce Skills in Viva, a new AI-powered service included in the Microsoft Viva Suite to help organizations grow and manage talent.


Skills will come to Microsoft Viva at the end of 2023, at no additional cost, and the service will make use of AI to scout, and look up for individuals that fit a company’s needs. More specifically, it will harness the power of Microsoft Graph, the capabilities of the Viva platform, and LinkedIn Skills Graph to:

  • Create real-time signals from 148 industries and over 200 countries.
  • Map the global skills landscape, including how 39,000 unique skills relate to each other, to jobs, and to learning content.

Microsoft Viva Skills: Top 3 features

Microsoft revealed that Viva Skills will focus on 3 core scenarios in its initial phase:

  1. Strategic Workforce Planning: HR departments and CEOs can use this Skills-powered planning to seek and employ individuals that best fit the company’s goals. Via Viva Insights, Skills will be able to provide multiple metrics, including skill strengths and weaknesses across the organization, to come up with the best strategic planning for employment.
  2. Upskilling and reskilling: the new service will allow individuals from an organization to keep track of their skills, and learn new ones proactively. The AI-powered features will help them search for new courses and learn new abilities in a personalized viva skills
  3. Skill Discovery in the Flow of Work: AI will suggest skill recommendations based on the current projects an individual is working on. When suggested, the employee can confirm them, add them to their bio, and manage them further. All of these skills will then appear in the individual’s Microsoft 365 profile.

Speaking of Microsoft 365, Copilot is making its way there, starting this November. And the AI tool will also come to OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, and OneNote too. So it shouldn’t be a surprise Microsoft Viva is getting an AI-powered service too.

But what do you think about it? Is AI the best assistant someone in the workforce can have at the moment? Let us know your opinions.

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