M365 Changelog: (Updated) Answers-focused view in Viva Engage

MC565144 – Updated June 20, 2023: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Next month, more enhancements for Answers in Viva will be available for Microsoft Viva customers. A new Answers-focused view will be rolling out for organizations with limited Viva Engage communities to help focus their Viva Engage experience on asking and answers questions.

Answers is a conversational experience for asking questions and connecting people to answers that lives within Viva Engage. Organizations with two or fewer active Viva Engage communities will gain the ability for a global admin to hide Viva Engage experiences other than Answers. This helps organizations get the most out of the knowledge sharing capabilities of Answers in Viva, even if they aren’t ready to get started more broadly with Viva Engage. This control is only available to global administrators within the Viva Engage admin center. Once enabled, employees will no longer be able to navigate to other areas of Viva Engage such as Communities, Storylines or Leadership corner.

Note: Answers in Viva is available to licensed Viva Suite customers and/or licensed Viva Topics customers. For Answers to be enabled, customer tenants will need to be in Native Mode and require Yammer topics being migrated to Viva Topics.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 124946

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will be rolling out this feature in late June (previously early June) and complete rolling out late July (previously late June).

How this will affect your organization:

In the Viva Engage admin center, Global Admins will be able to access the new Show Viva Engage experience control in Answers feature management if their Viva Engage network has two or fewer active communities.

  • More information on getting started with this feature Overview and setup of Answers in Viva | Microsoft Learn
  • More information about admin roles in Answers. https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/viva/engage/eac-answers-admin-scenarios

What you need to do to prepare:

  • No preparation is required. This is an optional feature that administrators may choose to use in Answers.
  • Only organizations with 2 or fewer active communities will be able to utilize this feature.

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