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Updates in Teams and Microsoft Viva Engage
September 13, 2022
Explore the latest Microsoft Viva updates, including changes to Microsoft Viva Engage and Viva Topics in Teams.

Updates to Microsoft Viva Engage

Inside Microsoft Viva Engage, Microsoft has made available Storyline in Public Preview. See the announcement here.

Storyline is a new way for people to share, connect, and contribute to their organization through Yammer and the Microsoft Viva Engage app. Previously, the only way to share broadly through Yammer was through communities, but communities aren’t always a perfect fit for what people want to share. In some cases, there may not be a community that matches the subject the person wants to discuss. In other cases, the community’s audience may be too broad, or not broad enough. Enter Storyline…

Storyline posts are posts to your followers and other interested people from within your organization. People interested in knowing what you have shared can go to your profile page in Yammer to view your storyline feed. Once there, they can choose to follow you and select through which clients, Teams and/or email, they want to be notified of new storyline posts. Because only people who follow you, and those who you @mention, will be notified when you make a new storyline post, you don’t need to worry about spamming people who aren’t interested in what you are sharing.

Updates to Microsoft Viva Topics in Teams

Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline for Viva Topics in Teams.

Viva Topics in Teams allows users to mention topics in their chat conversations so that others in the conversation can easily learn more about a topic by hovering over the topic name and viewing the topic card. This feature requires users to have a Viva Topics license.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72189

When this will happen:

  • Public Preview: We began rolling out in April and will continue rolling out through June and expect a complete rollout by late June.
  • General Availability: We will continue rolling out through late June and expect a complete rollout by mid-October (previously late July).
  • GCC: We will continue rolling out in early July and expect a complete rollout by late October (previously late August).

How this will affect your organization:

If your organization has users with Viva Topics licenses, those users will be able to mention topics by typing the # character and choosing a topic from the topic picker. The topic picker will narrow selections based on what the user types. Once a topic is selected, users can post the message.

What you need to do to prepare:

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. The topics being displayed will be the same topics that are shown in Outlook Web and SharePoint.

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