Published November 11, 2021

Viva Connections is now generally available!

Reference ID: MC297559 | Effective: November 11, 2021

MC297559 – Viva Connections, part of Microsoft Viva, is your gateway to a modern employee experience. The Viva Connections app incorporates a customizable dashboard, the feed, and relevant resources all in one experience in the Microsoft Teams mobile, web and desktop.

This General Availability (GA) release includes the ability to:

  1. Set a SharePoint home site from the SharePoint admin center
  2. Create, author, and manage a dashboard from the home site
  3. Use the new Dashboard and Feed web parts on the home site
  4. Brand the Viva Connections app for the desktop and mobile experiences for Android and iOS
  5. Use Video news links to communicate announcements

Note: By default, the Viva Connections app is in the “Blocked” state in Teams Admin Center and requires admin configuration to enable.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 86542

When will this happen:

Available now.

How this will affect your organization

The Viva Connections app in Microsoft Teams will be in the ‘Blocked’ state by default. A Teams admin can enable and customize the Viva Connections app in the Teams admin center once a home site in SharePoint has been designated and the dashboard has been published.

Update 1: Set the home site from the SharePoint admin center

A home site can now be set from the SharePoint admin center instead of using PowerShell. From this home site, a dashboard can be created and configured for use in the Viva Connections app. Learn more about setting up a home site from SharePoint admin center.

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Update 2: Set up the Viva Connections dashboard for the first time

Once you’ve set your home site, you can create the Viva Connections dashboard from the home site’s settings panel. Then, create custom dashboard cards that are targeted to specific to help employees find relevant resources and complete essential tasks.

Microsoft also recommends that you use the Viva Connections Extensibility for building even more engaging custom experiences for your dashboard.

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Dashboard card creation experience
Dashboard preview experience

Update 3: Use the new Dashboard and Feed web parts on the home site

Once you’ve set up the dashboard, you can use the Dashboard web part on the home site to surface Viva Connections content in SharePoint. Use the Feed web part on the home site to display a personalized list of conversations and news across the organization.

Update 4: Customize Viva Connections branding for the desktop and mobile experience

In the Teams admin center, upload the logo or icon your organization would like to use for the Viva Connections experience. This logo or icon will appear in the Teams app bar for both desktop and mobile. Clicking on that logo will launch the Viva connections experience.

Update 5: Use Video news links to communicate with your organization

Videos are an engaging way to reach users in your organization. Videos hosted on SharePoint sites can be published as Video news links from any SharePoint organizational news site. Video news links will appear in the Viva Connections Feed. Learn more about Video news links.

What you need to do to prepare

Viva Connections is an optional application that brings news, resources, and tasks into one place. Microsoft recommends that you plan to build and deploy your Viva Connections app as a part of your organization’s employee experience.

Review the Viva Connections overview where you will learn how to prepare your tenant and find step-by-step guidance on how to deploy Viva Connections for your organization.

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