Posted by: kurtsh | April 27, 2021

BETA: Viva Learning – Public Preview

imageSince we announced Microsoft Viva in February, we’ve heard consistently from customers, industry analysts, and our own internal users how important learning is to them. Everyday we hear examples of creative learning – not just as an important aspect of personal and professional growth – but also as an avenue for social engagement, helping people feel more connected in a largely virtual work environment. These scenarios are top of mind as we get closer to launching Viva Learning – a central hub for learning in Microsoft 365 where people can discover, share, recommend, and learn from best-in-class content libraries to help teams and individuals make learning a natural part of their day.

At Microsoft Ignite in March, we shared a new set of product features and admin capabilities, derived from our private preview customer feedback and internal use scenarios. With this feedback we’re continuing to build Viva Learning to seamlessly integrate learning into the tools you already use everyday – you can share learning via chat, pin learning content in existing Teams channels, recommend learning, see all your available learning sources in a personalized view, search across available sources, and so much more.

Viva Learning enters public preview today

There are a few items to keep in mind as we kick off public preview:

  • Eligibility
    Viva Learning public preview is open to all organizations with paid subscription access to Microsoft Teams, with the exception of Education or Government customers. We’ll have additional information to share when Viva Learning is available to those audiences in the future.
  • Approval from your IT admin
    Public preview onboarding requests should either come from your IT admin directly or have the support of your IT admin. In the Teams Admin Center, your IT admin will have the ability to configure who within your organization has access to the Viva Learning app in preview – this can range from the entire organization to just a small subset of users.
  • Onboarding timelines
    We expect a high volume of public preview requests and will manage requests as they come in through a rolling onboarding process. Expect it to take a few weeks from request submission to tenant activation.
  • Product features in preview
    As with any product in preview or beta stages, please be aware that we are still hard at work building the final version. The preview product will not initially include all the features that will be available at product general availability. We will roll out additional features to our preview customers continually as we lead up to general availability later this year.
  • Submitting feedback
    As you start to use Viva Learning we want to hear your feedback! Please use the “Help” button in Teams (bottom of the left nav rail) and select either “Suggest a feature” or “Report a problem”

Enrollment in Public Preview
Complete our onboarding request form with the required information. Completing this form should take about 5 minutes.

After submitting your request, please stay tuned for a confirmation email within 24 business hours. Later, you will receive a notification email once your tenant is activated which will include setup and usage documentation.


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