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Microsoft Viva Topics explained and reviewed

In early 2021 Microsoft launched Microsoft Viva as an employee experience platform designed specifically to help businesses manage the changes brought about by hybrid working.  

For many people, Microsoft Viva’s appearance in our daily working lives has become quite familiar, but there are still the finer points of the full Microsoft Viva offering that could do with a closer look. In this blog, I’m focusing on Viva Topics and I chatted to ClearPeople Director & Co-Founder Gabriel Karawani to provide an overview – and a review – of Viva Topics. 

In this blog:
How Microsoft Viva Topics is related to Microsoft Viva 
Microsoft Viva Topics explained 
How does Microsoft Viva Topics compare to other knowledge tools?  
Viva Topics reviewed 
How do Atlas and Microsoft Viva Topics work together? 
Microsoft Viva Topics pros and cons 
Summary: what Microsoft Viva Topics does
How can I set up or trial Microsoft Viva Topics? 
Microsoft Viva Topics: the roadmap 
Microsoft Viva Topics pricing

How to Exclude Suggested Viva Topics

The amazing thing about Microsoft Viva Topics is how well the AI engine is able to discover and group together lots of content from across your SharePoint Online estate. It is really quite phenomenal to see Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing in action like this and we're getting the same positive and excited reaction from our clients who are using Viva Topics.

Creating Your First Microsoft Viva Topic

Microsoft Viva Topics is the name announced on Feb 4th 2021 as the official name for what was until now known as Project Cortex Topics, Topic Experience or Intelligent Topics. Watch a quick video on how a Viva Topics page is created.

Microsoft Viva Topics - First Look and Behind the Scenes

Watch a short video of Microsoft Viva Topics as it appears just after the initial set-up process in ClearPeople's own Microsoft 365 tenant.

Microsoft Viva Topics - walk-through of set-up

Want to know how to set-up Microsoft Viva Topics? Here is a short walk through of the steps to get Microsoft Viva Topics set-up in a Microsoft 365 tenant.

Project Cortex Roadmap (12 Nov 2019)

Introduction

This is a live blog, which will be updated from time to time as information related to the Project Cortex is made publicly available. Please note that all the information is provided without warranty or guarantee of accuracy. Microsoft may change dates, features, definitions and priorities at any time - and you should therefore double-check any information provided below before relying on it for any decisions or plans you are about to make. Feel free to contact me to discuss more or to let me know of any details below that are out of date or incorrect.