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Last month we announced Microsoft Viva, the first Employee Experience Platform built for the digital era. Microsoft Viva includes four modules: Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Learning, and Viva Topics.  


 


Viva Topics applies AI to empower people with knowledge in the apps they use every day, automatically organizing content and expertise across your systems and teams to create topics with built-in security, compliance, and workflow. And it’s available now for customer trials and purchases.


 

Microsoft Viva Topics in actionMicrosoft Viva Topics in action


 


This week at Microsoft Ignite we’re spotlighting our continuing enhancements to Microsoft Viva Topics. We’re also sharing an update on recent enhancements to SharePoint Syntex, and announcing our latest expansion of the Microsoft Content Services Partner Program.   Now, let’s look at Viva Topics.


Microsoft Bing integration


Our next updates will add new capabilities to show topic answers inside Microsoft Search via Microsoft Bing. Topic cards are already available to licensed users inside SharePoint pages and Microsoft Search. Our new integration brings knowledge from Viva Topics into Bing. All information stays within customer’s trust boundaries, and topic answers will be available to licensed users inside federated search results. Topic answers in Bing will start to rollout this spring.


 

Topic answers in Microsoft BingTopic answers in Microsoft Bing


 


 


Microsoft Teams


Integration to Microsoft Teams will proceed in several stages. With the rollout of Microsoft Viva Connections for the Microsoft Teams desktop, we’ll begin introducing topic cards and highlights to Microsoft Teams in SharePoint pages integrated to the Connections desktop app for Teams. We’ll have more updates to Microsoft Teams integration throughout 2021.


 


Roadmap


Our team is working with our customers as we deliver additional updates to Microsoft Viva Topics and SharePoint Syntex. We’ll continue to drive user experiences, foundational services and APIs, expanded language support, and government cloud coverage (GCC) as our top priorities for 2021.


 

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We’ll share more detail on all of these and more on the Microsoft 365 roadmap.


 


Microsoft Viva Topics at Ignite


There’s lot of great content at Microsoft Ignite this week for Microsoft Viva Topics, including:


Keynote


The hybrid workplace by Jared Spataro 
We think of 2020 as the year many of us worked from home. In fact, it’s the year that work moved to the cloud. Flexible work is here to stay. Join Jared Spataro to learn how we’re empowering people to work from home, on the go, and at the office.


Tuesday, March 2 | 9:45 – 10:15 AM PST


Tuesday, March 2 | 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM PST


 


Featured Session


Meet Microsoft Viva: a new kind of employee experience by Chuck Friedman 
The first employee experience platform built for the digital era, Microsoft Viva brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights into an integrated experience that empowers people and teams to be their best, from anywhere. Join us as we introduce a new approach and a new category of technology solutions. Powered by the full breadth and depth of Microsoft 365, Viva is experienced through Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft 365 apps that people use every day.


Wednesday, March 3 | 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PST


Wednesday, March 3 | 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM PST


Ask the Experts


ATE-FS193 | Ask the Experts: Meet Microsoft Viva: a new kind of employee experience
Now that you have the basics covered, we invite you to ask the questions that may not have been answered in other sessions. There will be a team of Subject Matter Experts available to answer questions both on camera and in chat and point you in the right direction to get started on your own Microsoft Viva journey. Come with questions about all four modules – Viva Connections, Viva Topics, Viva Learning, and Viva Insights.


Wednesday, March 3 | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM PST


 


On-Demand Sessions


OD372 | Microsoft Viva Topics: Put knowledge to work with content and AI by Chris McNulty and Naomi Moneypenny
Viva Topics frees up time by making it easy for people to find information and put knowledge to work. And SharePoint Syntex uses advanced AI and machine teaching to amplify human expertise, automate content processing, and transform content into knowledge.


 


For details on all the Microsoft Viva sessions at Spring Ignite 2021, please read the Viva Guide to Ignite blog post.


 


Thanks a lot, and hope to see you at Microsoft Ignite and here on the TechCommunity.


 

Brought to you by Dr. Ware, Microsoft Office 365 Silver Partner, Charleston SC.

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