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MC411434: Viva Topics expands language support to French, German and Spanish

Viva Topics is expanding language support to French, German and Spanish in Q3CY2022, this will enable customers operating in content more than English benefit from Viva Topics and empower users to share more knowledge across org! Main capabilities include:

  1. AI to process content written in not only English but also in French, German, and Spanish and extract topics from those content,
  2. Human to curate topics in French, German and Spanish to enrich topics content and improve topics quality
  3. Users to be able to view topics in align with users’ preferred language and switch language to view all content from topic page.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72186.

Support for topic identification from content authored in additional languages.

MC411434: Viva Topics expands language support to French, German and Spanish

When this will happen

We will begin rolling out mid-August and expect to complete by late September.

How this will affect your organization

This feature will have AI to process your content written in French, German, and Spanish and extract topics from them. There is no need for Tenant/SharePoint admin nor knowledge admin to configure any settings for this feature.

Viva Topics honor users’ preferred language setting to present Topics content. For example, If a user mainly uses French in daily work (Read and Write), and expect to view Topics in French, then the user needs to configure preferred language from Client apps or O365 users profile in order for Multilingual Topics to present content in French that users understand. Please be advised English is added as fallback language for backward compatibility, and Tenant default language is also added as fallback to accommodate the cases that Tenant default language is mostly used across the organization!

What you need to do to prepare

  1. Same as English content, should you have any SharePoint sites that you don’t want AI to process and mine Topics from, please exclude them from Viva Topics settings.
  2. Heads-up to your users about this feature and remind them to configure preferred language if they would like to consume topics in those languages.

Message ID: MC411434
Published: 08 August 2022
Updated: 08 August 2022
Platform: Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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