Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 22 February 2021

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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, Microsoft Defender, Microsoft Intune, Office 365 Data Loss Prevention and Security and Compliance center.

  • Launched (5)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (8)


  • Information Governance: New retention engine for SPO – see above
  • 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 Information Protection: Data classification analytics – Data classification capabilities in Microsoft 365 compliance center help you get a holistic understanding of the sensitive data in your digital estate and related user activities. Roadmap ID: 68709
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Upgraded data classification confidence levels – Microsoft are upgrading the confidence levels (match accuracy) from a numerical scale of 1 to 100 to three distinct levels: high, medium, and low. Each level reflects how much supporting evidence is detected along with primary element. Roadmap ID: 68915
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Copy and edit built-in info types and other improvements – You can now copy built-in sensitive info types and edit the copied versions to fine-tune them to for your organization. Other highlights include the ability to use validators (like a Luhn check) for regular expressions and additional checks to help refine detection, including options for excluding text, defining starting and ending characters, and more. Roadmap ID: 68916




Release – February 2021

  • 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 365 compliance center: Advanced Audit log retention (1 year) – Log retention for up to one year to meet investigation requirements and customize retention policies per an organization’s requirements. Roadmap ID: 68878

Release – March 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Information Protection: OneDrive for Business location picker supports security groups and distribution lists – Data loss prevention (DLP) for OneDrive for Business will soon support user accounts and groups as part of the policy scoping location picker, enabling more granular control of DLP policy scope (i.e. to include/exclude particular departments, business units, geo-specific security groups, etc.). Roadmap ID: 70708
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Insider Risk Management analytics – The Microsoft 365 Insider Risk Management solution will now provide aggregated and anonymized analytics to help identify potential insider risk activity within the organization. Roadmap ID: 70633
  • 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

Release – April 2021

  • Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Search term events in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online for Government clouds – Advanced Audit helps organizations to conduct forensic and compliance investigations by providing access to crucial events such as when mail items were accessed, or when mail items were replied to and forwarded, and when and what a user searched for in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. Roadmap ID: 68718
  • 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 – July 2021

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