Microsoft has acquired Ally.io, a company that specializes in Objectives and Key Results

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The deal’s terms are not public. However, we know that Microsoft plans to turn Ally.io’s OKR functionality into a new module in the Viva employee-experience platform, according to officials’ statements.

Ally.io has about 130 employees located primarily in Chennai, India, and Seattle. Microsoft Viva currently has four modules that focus on Learning, Topics, Insights, and Connections. Viva is intended for use by companies with employee engagement and onboarding. Viva combines some already available and some new Microsoft technologies, including Tammer and Sharepoint.

The plans

Ally.io’s OKR technology will be the core of a fifth module over the next year, according to Microsoft officials. Ally.io’s design gives employees visibility into a company’s strategic goals and work processes. Microsoft says it also plans to improve integration between the new acquisition’s technology and Teams, Office, Power BI, and the rest of its 365 apps and services.

It’s not just Teams- the startup’s software integrates with Slack, Box, Jira, Tableau, Asana, and other collaboration tools.

Microsoft officials said that until they fold it into the Microsoft cloud stack, current customers can continue to purchase the existing service through Ally.io.

The transition should be smooth

Microsoft executives assured users that they would ensure a smooth transition for Ally.io customers when they transition.

Standardized OKR tracking is not commonplace among tech companies, with only a few adopters and interested parties. Since it launched in 2018, Ally.io has been implemented by more than 1,000 high-tech, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing businesses/services in more than 80 countries.

Meanwhile, users are making themselves familiar with Windows 11, which was released on October 4th, a day earlier than the anticipated Oct. 5 release.