Now in public preview: Scoped Search for Viva Connections in Teams


We are making some changes to the search experience in Viva Connections app to make it easier to search in Viva Connections.

With the changes, when you are using Viva Connections and click into the search box in Teams, you will start to see text change to say “Search in Viva Connections” (or the name you chose for your Viva Connections app). You will continue to get the same suggestions as before with chats, people, etc. and clicking these will continue to take you to the corresponding Teams experience.




As you type in, you will notice that the search suggestions will show two new lines in the list that appears under the search box: first one (the default option) to search in Viva Connections, and the second one to search in the rest of Teams. 




If you hit enter (or choose the first suggestion), you will be taken to a workplace search experience similar to the one you might already experience on your intranet corporate portal. If you’d rather go to the search results page of Teams, choose the second suggestion. 




Flighting status

This is available to all Teams Public Preview and M365 Targeted Release users who are using the classic version of Teams.


How to enable

There isn’t any action required for you. Simply go to Viva Connections and use the search box as you previously would.

Note: If you need information about enabling the public preview itself, see “Enable the public preview for Teams” below.


Supported clients and platforms

This change applies to the current version of Teams Desktop or Teams on the web. It is expected to come to the “New Teams App” over the coming months. We also have plans to bring a similar functionality to Teams mobile experiences later.



How does this feature impact the existing experience?

Users will by default start to search within Viva Connections search experience rather than the Teams search experience.. They can still search by using the option presented in the list of suggestions under the search box while typing.

Enable your Teams client for Public preview or Targeted release


  1.  To enable your Teams client for the Public Preview, IT administrators need to set an update policy that turns on Show preview features. Learn how at Public preview in Microsoft Teams.
  2. For Targeted Release, global admins can go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and choose to give a selected set of individuals access to Targeted Release, or they can enroll the entire organization in Targeted Release.  Learn more about setting up the release option in the admin center here.


Summary of public preview features

For a history of features in the Public previews & Targeted release, see  Microsoft Teams Public Preview & Targeted Release - Microsoft Community Hub



Send us your feedback 

Got feedback on features in the public preview or other areas of Teams? Let us know straight from Teams via Help Give feedback This is on the bottom left of your client.





Thank you,

Preview Team

Quality & Customer Obsession, Microsoft Teams

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This is now rolled out to all of our non-government customers. Roll out is expected to extend to US government cloud customers over the next two months.