Sunset on the Horizon: Microsoft Announces Retirement of Viva Topics

In a significant shift within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, Microsoft has officially announced the retirement of Viva Topics. As you navigate through this transition, it’s crucial to understand the implications for organizations utilizing Viva Topics and the path forward in the evolving landscape of knowledge management.

What to note

  • Retirement date: Viva Topics will be retired on February 22, 2025. Post this date, Viva Topics will no longer be accessible to users.
  • No longer investing in feature development: As of February 22, 2024, Microsoft is no longer investing in feature development for Viva Topics.
  • Transition of Topic pages: Topic pages published by users will be transitioned to standard SharePoint pages. While these pages will not receive AI-driven enhancements post-retirement, they can still be edited and updated by users.
  • No knowledge is lost: The Topics Center, the hub for Topic pages, will be converted into a standard SharePoint site. This change allows for continued maintenance and governance within the familiar SharePoint environment.
  • Recommendations for Organizations: Microsoft advises organizations to begin pivoting their knowledge management strategy to other Microsoft 365 tools. SharePoint remains a robust repository for knowledge, Viva Answers facilitates expert question-answering, and Copilot, along with Microsoft Search, offers advanced capabilities for knowledge discovery.

Navigating the Change

The retirement of Viva Topics signifies a pivotal moment for Microsoft as it focuses on enhancing knowledge and content experiences through Microsoft Copilot. This transition underscores the importance of adaptive strategies in leveraging the comprehensive suite of tools available within Microsoft 365.

For organizations reliant on Viva Topics, this announcement serves as a call to action to reassess and realign their knowledge management frameworks. Embracing alternative tools like SharePoint, Viva Answers, and the emerging capabilities of Copilot will be key to maintaining and enhancing knowledge workflows.

What’s Next

As Viva Topics sets on the horizon, the focus shifts towards optimizing and transitioning knowledge management practices within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Here are steps you can take to smoothly navigate this change and ensure your organization remains at the forefront of innovation and efficiency:

  • Early Transition: Begin exploring and integrating alternative Microsoft 365 tools into your knowledge management strategy well ahead of the February 22, 2025, sunset date. This proactive approach will minimize disruptions and leverage the full potential of the Microsoft suite.
  • Leverage SharePoint: Reinforce SharePoint as your central repository for knowledge. Its robust features and widespread adoption make it an ideal platform for storing, sharing, and managing information.
  • Explore Viva Answers and Copilot: Dive into Viva Answers for expert-driven insights and Copilot for AI-powered knowledge discovery. These tools represent the future of intelligent, efficient knowledge management and content creation within Microsoft 365.
  • Stay Informed: Regularly check Microsoft’s support documentation and FAQs for updates and tips on managing the transition. Staying informed will help you adapt to new features and capabilities as they are introduced.

Additional Resources

As you navigate the sunset of Viva Topics, ensuring your organization is well-prepared for the journey ahead is paramount. Here are carefully selected resources to guide you through this significant shift in the Microsoft 365 ecosystem:

Changes coming to Topics – Microsoft Topics | Microsoft Learn

Microsoft 365 knowledge management – Microsoft Adoption

SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: February 2024 (

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