This is a brief overview of the options for the Home page experience for Viva Connections. It shows how to switch between the SharePoint Home Site and the new Home page, which has a similar “look and feel” to that of the Microsoft Teams mobile client’s Connections App.
This now provides different deployment options for customers who can’t or don’t want to surface the SharePoint Home site as their Viva Connections landing page. This new experience can be used standalone, or as you’ll see in the video, still linked to a SharePoint Home site. Or you can still surface the SharePoint Home page as the landing page.
At the time of creation the new Viva Home page was in targeted release, with GA planned for CY23.
Note: Editing the banner wasn’t available in my demo tenant when I created the video. According to the documentation it should be available so expect to see this feature at GA or before.
By default Viva uses AI to add content and associate people to Topics it discovers for an organisation. Often, this is good enough and end users save time and effort by accessing these automatically generated Topics within the flow of their everyday jobs.
However, there might be times when a subject matter expert will want to ensure specific information about a Topic stands out. They might even want to create the Topic themselves and ensure their page is engaging. To do this Topic administrators will use standard SharePoint Web Parts and the AI can then add additional suggested content to help improve upon and maintain the subject covered.
If you are not familiar with Web Parts they are easy to use building blocks you can use to customise a SharePoint page.
The following video provides a short overview of how easy it is to customise Topics pages to highlight important documents, links, videos and tools.
I created this short 4 minute video for my colleagues and partners. It’s a high level overview of the Employee Experience Platform (EXP) and a description of the four pillars of Microsoft Viva, which are: Connections, Insights, Topics and Learning.
For more details check of some of my other Viva posts.
The Viva Connections Dashboard is now in public preview. This new experience lets you create “out of the box” or fully customised Adaptive Cards and surface these in SharePoint and in Microsoft Teams. Different groups of users can be configured to see different card views. The idea behind the Connections Dashboard is to allow employees to easily access the information and Apps they need to better engage with their organisation, or do their day jobs.
In the video you will see an example of a “demo” SharePoint Framework 1.13 created card, the public preview Viva Connections Dashboard in SharePoint and the associated Microsoft Teams App. At the end of the video you’ll see an example of the Dashboard’s Teams mobile experience.
Note: At the time of posting (October 2021) this content is in Public Preview so could be subject to change up to General Availability.
The Viva Connections Dashboard feature, which at the time of writing has just gone into public preview, allows you to present adaptive cards to groups of end users within SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.
The video below provides a quick introduction to the new Dashboard and highlights some of the “out of the box” cards an admin can easily create. Fully customised cards can be coded using SharePoint Framework 1.13, which supports ACE (Adaptive Card Extensions).
Note: ACE is not covered in the video.
Note: For a deeper dive in to Viva Connections Adaptive cards check out this excellent video presented by Microsoft engineering.