Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 22 March 2021

Use these buttons to switch between each product’s roadmap updates.

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 (2)
  • Rolling out (3)
  • In development (11)


  •  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 Information Protection: Teams location picker supports security groups and distribution lists – Data loss prevention (DLP) for Microsoft Teams will now support security groups and distribution lists as part of the Teams 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: 68874


  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Customization for Quarantine Notification and Alerts – With this update, tenant administrators will be able to add various customized components to quarantine notifications and alerts, such as an organization logo, a custom display name, and custom disclaimer. Roadmap ID: 64781
  • Microsoft compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery Search tab is evolving to Collections tab – Now eDiscovery managers will see Collections in the top navigation of the Advanced eDiscovery solution in place of Search. Collections will provide an enhanced experience for collecting content for the case, including generating preview estimates and options for quickly collecting content directly into a new or existing review set. Roadmap ID: 68914
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Audit retention dashboard for government clouds – Create and manage audit log retention policies within the new Audit retention dashboard in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Roadmap ID: 70627


Release – March 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match to support Customer Managed Key (Public Preview) – Customers will be able to encrypt Exact Data Match (EDM) data using their own Customer Managed Key (CMK), further enhancing EDM data security. EDM content that is encrypted using the CMK includes the data file schemas, rule packages, and the salts, which are used in hashing the sensitive data being protected. Roadmap ID: 70722
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: Configure sensitivity labels for encrypt-only protection on Outlook messages – You can now create labels that enforce the encrypt-only restriction (available within Office 365 Message Encryption) when applied to Outlook email messages. With encrypt-only, users can send encrypted email to any recipient, whether they are inside or outside the organization, and the protection follows the lifecycle of the email. Roadmap ID: 72171
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Quarantine – Custom Policy and Folder – Previously, quarantine behaviour was configured through each individual filtering policy. To reduce complexity, we’ve moved new and existing quarantine parameters into a standalone Quarantine policy. Roadmap ID: 62450

Release – April 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: New predictive coding module in Advanced eDiscovery – As part of this preview release, legal practitioners can organize content for review faster by going through training rounds of relevant and non-relevant content to iteratively train and tune the model performance by starting with as little as 50 items. This is an improvement from traditional models that require customers to train upwards of 10 times more documents to get started and see the output of the model. Roadmap ID: 70805
  • πŸ†• Microsoft 365 compliance center: New Advanced eDiscovery solution for DoD – This new solution, called Advanced eDiscovery, provides a workflow to identify, preserve, collect, review, analyze, and export content that’s responsive to your organization’s internal and external investigations. Roadmap ID: 70807
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Compliance center: New named entities SITs and enhanced unified policy authoring templates (Public Preview) – Named entities are sensitive information types (SITs) that can’t easily be identified by a regular expression or a function; these include person names, physical addresses, and medical terms & conditions. This update adds 52 new SITs representing named entities, and 10 enhanced policy templates that can be used in solutions such as DLP and auto-labeling, and cover important regulations, such as US HIPAA and EU GDPR. Roadmap ID: 72194
  • Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Policy health check and ability to pause policy – Provide guidance during Communication Compliance policy creation on the settings used and the potential volume of items that will be captured. Roadmap ID: 68687

Release – June 2021

  • Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Core eDiscovery & Advanced eDiscovery β€“ The eDiscovery and SharePoint Online teams are making architectural changes that will make the Recycle Bin (both first-stage and second-stage Recycle Bins) in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business searchable and exportable by eDiscovery Managers. That means organizations can search and export items in the Recycle Bin regardless of whether a site is on hold or not. Roadmap ID: 67092
  • 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

Release – September 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Advanced eDiscovery case limits enhancements – Advanced eDiscovery will soon expand the limits for collection size and review set volume. The limits expansion will expand the collection size from 300GB currently to 1TB and will expand the review set capacity as well to accommodate large case volumes. Roadmap ID: 70721


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s