Set up the Viva Connections experience in a specific language

Viva Connections is available in most major languages used in Microsoft 365. Learn more about how to create and deploy the Viva Connections mobile experience in a specific language other than your organization’s default language.

Note

Teams and SharePoint may individually support more languages than the ones below.

Available languages

English
Japanese
German
Chinese (Simplified)
Spanish
French
Portuguese (Brazil)
Russian
Italian

Chinese (Traditional)
Korean
Dutch
Polish
Swedish
Turkish
Czech
Portuguese (Portugal)
Thai

Danish
Hungarian
Finnish
Indonesian
Greek
Romanian
Ukrainian
Catalan
Norwegian Bokmål

Broadly, Viva Connections has four components that influence the end user’s overall language experience - the Viva Connections Dashboard, Feed, Resources, and the Teams mobile app. Learn how to set up Viva Connections components to display content in another language other than your organization’s default language. The steps below use English as an example, but the steps apply for any one of the 27 languages specified above.

Viva Connections Dashboard

The Dashboard is intended to enable quick access to content and tasks from various sources including intranet content, line-of-business applications, HR tools, frontline worker tools, and other internal or third-party applications.

  1. Create a communication site and make sure to select English as the default language at site creation time.

    Image of where to specify the language for a site.

  2. Make this communication site the home site of your tenant, which will enable the Dashboard creation on that site. Learn more about how to set a home site.

  3. When creating the Dashboard, make sure the Dashboard author is typing the content in the English language for details like card titles and descriptions – even if their own preferred language setting in Microsoft 365 is not English.

  4. Then, you can create Dashboards in more than one language using the SharePoint multilingual feature.

Note

For custom cards on the Dashboard, ask your card developer to include content localized in English language.

Image of where to specify the language for a card.

Viva Connections Feed

The Feed experience will display SharePoint news posted from organizational news sites, sites you frequent and follow, videos hosted on SharePoint, Yammer posts in the All-company group, Yammer posts in communities you follow, and SharePoint news that has been boosted.

Organizational news

Make sure that authoritative news sites (there can be more than one organization news site) are created with English as the default language and that authors of news post are creating the news posts in English language – even if their own preferred language setting in Microsoft 365 is not English. In order for content in the Feed to display in a language other than your organization’s default language, SharePoint news posts will need to be available in more than one language.

All company Yammer

Announcement posts in the All-company group in Yammer should be created in English.

Viva Connections Resources

The Resources experience displays intranet resources from global navigation in the SharePoint app bar and can be configured from the home site.

Note

Global navigation and a Dashbaord can only be enabled and customized from the home site and required site owner (or higher) permissions. The default language of that site should already be English.

Image of where to specify the language for the global navigation.

  1. Navigate to the Settings panel from the home site and select Global navigation.

  2. The global navigation Title should be in English.

  3. The navigational node in the global navigation must be entered in English.

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  4. After navigational nodes have been set up for the first time in English, enable multilingual functionality, select languages, and translators. Follow guidance for creating copies of a site that can be translated and published for viewers with a preferred language that's different from the default language.

Microsoft Teams mobile app

In the Teams mobile app, Viva Connections is displayed as another tab in the Teams app bar. The language experience of the mobile app is driven by the device language set by the user. Make sure to inform your users to set it to English for a cohesive experience – although it is not required.

If a user has a device set to the French language the Teams mobile app “system” strings (text that Microsoft provides out-of-the box for end-user experience in the app) will all be in French while the Dashboard cards, Feed, and Resources content will be in English.

Image of where to specify the language for the mobile app.

More resources

Overview of Viva Connections

Set up a Dashboard in more than one language