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MC682306 – (Updated) Microsoft Viva: Refreshed Landing Experience for Viva Connections Desktop (archived)

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check before: 2023-11-02

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Microsoft 365 admin center, Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Viva Connections, SharePoint

Platform:

Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant

Status:

Launched

Change type:

Admin impact, New feature, Updated message, User impact

Links:

176677

Details:

Updated February 25, 2024: We have updated the content below with additional resources.
We will be releasing audience targeting support on Resources component and inline expansion of dashboard component on Viva Connections page. These features are expected to be available to customers by mid-February 2024.
To prepare for this upcoming release, we recommend setting up revamped Resources section ahead of time as per the instructions shared in our previous update.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.

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Release Phase:
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Created:
2023-10-19

updated:
2024-02-26

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2024-02-26MC MessagesUpdated February 7, 2024: We will be releasing audience targeting support on Resources component and inline expansion of dashboard component on Viva Connections page. These features are expected to be available to customers by mid-February 2024."
To prepare for this upcoming release, we recommend setting up revamped Resources section ahead of time as per the instructions shared in our previous update.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
Updated February 25, 2024: We have updated the content below with additional resources.
We will be releasing audience targeting support on Resources component and inline expansion of dashboard component on Viva Connections page. These features are expected to be available to customers by mid-February 2024.
To prepare for this upcoming release, we recommend setting up revamped Resources section ahead of time as per the instructions shared in our previous update.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
2024-02-26MC Last Updated02/07/2024 22:55:512024-02-26T04:52:47Z
2024-02-26MC prepareYou may want to notify users of these updates and update any relevant training documentation.
To transfer your existing links from your existing global navigation to the new resources section on the new Viva Connections desktop experience, you will need to follow these steps:
Access the provisioned SharePoint list link below with your home site URL: ({SiteUrl}/Lists/CompanyList006e2221e1df45c0875383a98de5ecf1/AllItems.aspx) before the November 2023 launch and add your company links to it.
In the list, there will be two required fields that you will need to fill out to add a link to your instance: Title and Link URL.
Review and add the links to the list to make it available in your Connections instance when we go live. Once the two fields are completed, a link will be stored in the list. The maximum number of links that can be stored is 48 links.
Here are the instructions to find the site URL needed for setting up Resources:
To find your site URL, go to the Microsoft Admin Center and on the menu pane, select Setup
Once selected, navigate to Featured Collections and select Microsoft Viva
From there, navigate and select Viva Connections
Under the Setup and Management tab, select Create and Manage Viva Connections Experiences
Select the tenant(s) that you want to edit and once selected, you’ll see a section that says URL (which will be the URL to your Connections instance).

(Microsoft Admin Center for Viva Connections highlighting where admins can find site URL.)
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=176677
You may want to notify users of these updates and update any relevant training documentation.
To transfer your existing links from your existing global navigation to the new resources section on the new Viva Connections desktop experience, you will need to follow these steps:
Access the provisioned SharePoint list link below with your home site URL: ({SiteUrl}/Lists/CompanyList006e2221e1df45c0875383a98de5ecf1/AllItems.aspx) before the November 2023 launch and add your company links to it.
In the list, there will be two required fields that you will need to fill out to add a link to your instance: Title and Link URL.
Review and add the links to the list to make it available in your Connections instance when we go live. Once the two fields are completed, a link will be stored in the list. The maximum number of links that can be stored is 48 links.
Here are the instructions to find the site URL needed for setting up Resources:
To find your site URL, go to the Microsoft Admin Center and on the menu pane, select Setup
Once selected, navigate to Featured Collections and select Microsoft Viva
From there, navigate and select Viva Connections
Under the Setup and Management tab, select Create and Manage Viva Connections Experiences
Select the tenant(s) that you want to edit and once selected, you’ll see a section that says URL (which will be the URL to your Connections instance).

(Microsoft Admin Center for Viva Connections highlighting where admins can find site URL.)
Resources:
What's new with Viva Connections: Resources update!
Overview: Viva Connections | Microsoft Learn
Customize and edit the Viva Connections home experience | Microsoft Learn
https://learn.microsoft.com/viva/connections/edit-viva-home
https://learn.microsoft.com/viva/connections/viva-connections-overview
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/viva-connections-blog/what-s-new-with-viva-connections-resources-update/ba-p/3969373
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=176677
2024-02-08MC MessagesUpdated November 27, 2023: Refreshed Viva Connections experience is expected to start releasing within this week to our customers. This new experience will show up to different users in a tenant at different times. By January 2024, we expect to finish rolling out the first phase of this feature to all the customers.
To prepare for this upcoming release, we recommend setting up revamped Resources section ahead of time as per the instructions shared in our previous update.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
Updated February 7, 2024: We will be releasing audience targeting support on Resources component and inline expansion of dashboard component on Viva Connections page. These features are expected to be available to customers by mid-February 2024."
To prepare for this upcoming release, we recommend setting up revamped Resources section ahead of time as per the instructions shared in our previous update.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
2024-02-08MC Last Updated11/27/2023 23:49:432024-02-07T22:55:51Z
2023-11-28MC MessagesUpdated November 2, 2023: Refreshed Viva Connections experience is expected to start releasing by mid-November to our customers. This new experience will show up for different users in a tenant at different times. By Jan 2024, we expect to finish rolling out this feature to all the customers.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
Updated November 27, 2023: Refreshed Viva Connections experience is expected to start releasing within this week to our customers. This new experience will show up to different users in a tenant at different times. By January 2024, we expect to finish rolling out the first phase of this feature to all the customers.
To prepare for this upcoming release, we recommend setting up revamped Resources section ahead of time as per the instructions shared in our previous update.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
2023-11-28MC Last Updated11/03/2023 00:21:252023-11-27T23:49:43Z
2023-11-03MC prepareYou may want to notify users of these updates and update any relevant training documentation.
To transfer your existing links from your existing global navigation to the new resources section on the new Viva Connections desktop experience, you will need to follow these steps:
Access the provisioned SharePoint list link ({SiteUrl}/Lists/CompanyList006e2221e1df45c0875383a98de5ecf1/AllItems.aspx) before the November 2023 launch and add your company links to it.
In the list, there will be two required fields that you will need to fill out to add a link to your instance: Title and Link URL.
Review and add the links to the list to make it available in your Connections instance when we go live. Once the two fields are completed, a link will be stored in the list. The maximum number of links that can be stored is 48 links.
Once the new Viva Connections desktop experience is generally available, your links will populate under the new resources experience under “Company Links” in your tenant.
The provision list link will be available a month in advance before the launch date of the updated experiences, giving admins time to add their links to the new experience when it officially launches later this year.
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=176677
You may want to notify users of these updates and update any relevant training documentation.
To transfer your existing links from your existing global navigation to the new resources section on the new Viva Connections desktop experience, you will need to follow these steps:
Access the provisioned SharePoint list link below with your home site URL: ({SiteUrl}/Lists/CompanyList006e2221e1df45c0875383a98de5ecf1/AllItems.aspx) before the November 2023 launch and add your company links to it.
In the list, there will be two required fields that you will need to fill out to add a link to your instance: Title and Link URL.
Review and add the links to the list to make it available in your Connections instance when we go live. Once the two fields are completed, a link will be stored in the list. The maximum number of links that can be stored is 48 links.
Here are the instructions to find the site URL needed for setting up Resources:
To find your site URL, go to the Microsoft Admin Center and on the menu pane, select Setup
Once selected, navigate to Featured Collections and select Microsoft Viva
From there, navigate and select Viva Connections
Under the Setup and Management tab, select Create and Manage Viva Connections Experiences
Select the tenant(s) that you want to edit and once selected, you’ll see a section that says URL (which will be the URL to your Connections instance).

(Microsoft Admin Center for Viva Connections highlighting where admins can find site URL.)
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=176677
2023-11-03MC Last Updated10/19/2023 01:39:582023-11-03T00:21:25Z
2023-11-03MC MessagesThe refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
Updated November 2, 2023: Refreshed Viva Connections experience is expected to start releasing by mid-November to our customers. This new experience will show up for different users in a tenant at different times. By Jan 2024, we expect to finish rolling out this feature to all the customers.
As part of this update, the Resources section will be updated, and it will be pulling data from a different source other than global navigation. To prepare for this upcoming release, we suggest Connections admins to follow the steps outlined below.:
The refreshed Viva Connections landing experience offers a more intuitive layout and introduces several requested new features including branding capabilities, sending announcements, a revamped Resources section, and support for different card sizes. This experience will also bring the Feed back into the viewport on your Connections page.
Here are the updates that we expect our new layout will offer:
Announcements – Important time sensitive information surfaced on desktop, mobile and tablet.
Hero section – This new section focuses on org news and brings the Connections Feed into the viewport.
Dashboard layout –The Dashboard section is evolving to be more fluid with inline expansion.
Resources - Introduces a new section for company curated links different from global navigation. The new section allows for more flexibility to have a unique list with visuals like icons.
Viva Suite links relocated - Viva suite links have been moved to the bottom of the experience and will offer links that the user is licensed for with a corresponding description.
Full page feed - Full page feed treatment now exists with its own pivot shown at the top of the page.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 176677
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will be broken down into two phases:
Phase 1 rollout is expected to start in early November 2023 and is expected to be complete by mid-January 2024.
Phase 2 rollout is expected to start in early February 2024 and is expected to be complete by late March 2024.
2023-11-03MC TitleMicrosoft Viva: Refreshed Landing Experience for Viva Connections Desktop(Updated) Microsoft Viva: Refreshed Landing Experience for Viva Connections Desktop
2023-11-03MC MessageTagNamesNew feature, User impact, Admin impactUpdated message, New feature, User impact, Admin impact

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