Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – w/c 7 December 2020

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Microsoft Information Protection

Updates listed under this heading combines the following products: Azure Information Protection, 365 compliance center, Information Protection, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Office 365 Data Loss Prevention and Security and Compliance center.

  • Launched (2)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (19)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Compliance Center: Microsoft Compliance Manager general availability – Compliance Manager is the next generation of the existing Compliance Manager and Compliance Score solutions, which have been in commercial public preview since November 2019. With this announcement, we are consolidating the functionality of these two solutions into one single solution, Compliance Manager, which sits in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Roadmap ID: 67132
  • Advanced Audit: optional 10 year audit log retention add-on – To help meet rigorous regulatory and internal compliance obligations or conduct longer running investigations, organizations can now add 10-year audit log retention to Advanced Audit. Once enabled, you can access the logs in the Microsoft 365 compliance center or through the Office 365 Management Activity API. Roadmap ID: 68805

đźš‚ ROLLING OUT

  • Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Improvements to Threat Hunting with Threat Explorer and Real Time Detections – Microsoft are introducing additional enhancements when it comes to identifying threats within your organization, including spam verdict in Threat Explorer, Threat Type Filter and more. Roadmap ID: 66467
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Auto-classification with sensitivity labels in SPO, EXO, OneDrive for gov clouds – Auto-classification with sensitivity labels in OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online will soon be available in GCC, GCC-High and, DoD environments. Roadmap ID: 67125
  • Microsoft Compliance Center: Microsoft 365 compliance center – Audit retention dashboard (preview) – Create and manage audit log retention policies within the new Audit retention dashboard in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Roadmap ID: 68854
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Mandatory Labeling in Office apps – Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) will now respect the Admin policy setting to require users to apply a label to documents and emails on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android (for the Office 365 subscription version of the apps). Roadmap ID: 68873

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – December 2020

  • Insider Risk Management solution available for Government clouds – Several Insider Risk Management features will be rolling out to Government clouds in the coming months. Roadmap ID: 64187
  • Microsoft compliance center: Records Management in Microsoft 365 available in Government cloud – Records Management in Microsoft 365 enables government customers to manage recordkeeping obligations intelligently. This update restructures capabilities that were previously part of the Advanced Data Governance solution and provides you with a dedicated and specialized solution for records management, with new features including proof of disposal, record versioning, and enhanced record immutability. Roadmap ID: 63063
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match will support data configuration – Exact Data Match will support data configuration, allowing text case and character delimiters to optionally be ignored, helping reduce the need for manually defining minor variations in the hashed and uploaded data being protected. Roadmap ID: 65880
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance availability for government clouds – Communication Compliance is an insider risk solution in Microsoft 365 that helps minimize communication risks by helping you detect, capture, and act on inappropriate messages in your organization. Roadmap ID: 67112
  • Azure Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Groups: support for Sensitivity Labels in Government Community Clouds – Microsoft 365 Groups will soon support Sensitivity Labels to help you manage privacy and external access. Roadmap ID: 67158
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Auto-apply retention labels leveraging document understanding – Easily assign a retention label created in the Microsoft 365 compliance center to a document understanding model that you created, leveraging the document classification in Project Cortex for dual purposes— business processes and compliance. Roadmap ID: 68690
  • Microsoft Compliance center: CJK or Double-byte character support for Advanced eDiscovery – This update adds support for adding CJK or Double-byte characters to Advanced eDiscovery review sets. Roadmap ID: 68713
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Mail forward and mail send events for Government Clouds – The Send event is a mailbox auditing action and is triggered when a user sends, replies to, or forwards an email message. Roadmap ID: 68719
  • đź‘€ Microsoft Information Protection: Sensitivity labels extend to assets in Azure – With the new Microsoft Azure Purview, you can now extend the reach of your MIP sensitivity labels and the value from built-in sensitive information types to a much broader set of data locations and data types. Roadmap ID: 68889

Release – January 2021

  • Microsoft Information Protection: Manual sensitivity labelling available in Office apps for Government clouds – You can now apply sensitivity labels to important documents and associate the labels with protection policies within the Outlook and Word/Excel/PowerPoint applications. The labels can also be associated with actions like encryption and visual marking. Roadmap ID: 63662
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling available in Office apps for Government clouds – Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling, based on content inspection, is natively built into Office apps within Outlook and Word/Excel/PowerPoint applications on Windows (in the Office 365 subscription version of the Office apps) and Office Online. Roadmap ID: 68848
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match to support improved auditability – Customers who have configured Exact Data Match (EDM) will be able to view a complete audit trail of who created or modified and when each EDM component (i.e., Data schema, rule package and hashed / salted data uploaded). Roadmap ID: 68876
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match to support notifications for data upload status through alert policies – Exact Data Match (EDM) customers will be able to configure alert policies in the security and compliance center for EDM Upload Agent notifications, enabling admins to receive alerts both via email and through the UI regarding EDM data upload status. Roadmap ID: 68882
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information barriers for GCC – Information barriers is a compliance feature to restrict communication and collaboration between two groups to avoid a conflict of interest from occurring in your organization. Roadmap ID: 68898

Release – February 2021

  • Microsoft Information Protection: Manual sensitivity labeling available in Office apps for DoD – You can now apply sensitivity labels to important documents and associate the labels with protection policies within the Outlook and Word/Excel/PowerPoint applications. The labels can also be associated with actions like encryption and visual marking. Roadmap ID: 76504
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling available in Office apps for Mac for Government clouds – Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling, based on content inspection, is natively built into Office apps within Outlook and Word/Excel/PowerPoint applications on Mac. Roadmap ID: 68849
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling available in Office apps for DoD – Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling, based on content inspection, is natively built into Office apps within Outlook and Word/Excel/PowerPoint applications on Windows (in the Office 365 subscription version of the Office apps) and Office Online. Roadmap ID: 76502

Release – March 2021

  • đź‘€ Microsoft 365 compliance center: Third-party data connectors – Use data connectors to import and archive third-party data from social media platforms, instant messaging platforms, document collaboration platforms and more, to mailboxes in your Microsoft 365 organization where you can then apply various Microsoft 365 compliance solutions to the imported data. Roadmap ID: 68896

Release – June 2021

  • Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Longer term retention on audit logs – Log retention for up to one year to meet investigation requirements and customize retention policies per an organization’s requirements. Roadmap ID: 68706

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