Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 12 April 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 (10)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (8)


  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Blocking URLs and Files with Tenant Allow/Block List – In order to provide a way for customers to block URLs and files at the time of click and during mail flow, we’re developing a portal to help you self-serve and do it yourself. Roadmap ID: 61352
  • 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 Compliance center: Double-byte character support – Compliance solutions such as Data Loss Prevention, Exact Data Match, and Communication Compliance will benefit from the ability to detect double-byte language characters found in East Asian languages, such as Japanese and Chinese, improving the ability to understand, label, and protect customer data. Roadmap ID: 68711
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Exchange Online service encryption using Microsoft managed keys for government clouds – Service encryption using Microsoft managed keys provides default encryption for all of Exchange Online data-at-rest. With Microsoft managed keys, data-at-rest always stays encrypted by default. Roadmap ID: 68871
  • 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: Auditing and Analytics in Office apps – Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) will now send user label activity data to the Audit Log and Activity Explorer for admins to search and review. Roadmap ID: 70542
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Improvements to Alerts and Hunting – Microsoft are releasing a number of updates to alerts and hunting, including: Extending data retention for Threat Explorer and Real-time detections from 7 days to 30 days for trial tenants, after which you will be able to search for data for 30 days. Roadmap ID: 70544
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Microsoft Compliance Manager general availability for DoD – With Compliance Manager, you will benefit from intuitive end-to-end compliance management, a vast out-of-the-box assessment template library and built-in automation to scale your compliance across global, industrial, and regional standards. Roadmap ID: 70592




Release – April 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: New conditions for auto-labeling in Exchange Online – An auto-labeling policy can now apply a label to Exchange Online email based on sender, recipient, subject, or header matches without requiring a scan for sensitive content. Roadmap ID: 72225
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: Ability to test Exact Data Match – After setting up EDM-based classification, tenant admins will now be able to test EDM sensitive information types (SITs) via the Microsoft 365 compliance center and via PowerShell cmdlet. Classification results returned will include the sensitive type, its count, and confidence. Roadmap ID: 72220

Release – May 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft 365 Compliance center: Out-of-the-box assessments for non-M365 assets Introducing pre-configured templates that extend Compliance Manager capabilities beyond Microsoft 365 assets. Roadmap ID: 72223
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: Outlook support for DisableMandatoryInOutlook and OutlookDefaultLabel settings – Outlook clients will now support the advanced Azure Information Protection (AIP) settings DisableMandatoryInOutlook and OutlookDefaultLabel. Roadmap ID: 72219
  • 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

Release – June 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: Configure sensitivity labels for encrypt-only protection on Outlook messages – In the Microsoft 365 compliance center, you can now create labels that enforce the encrypt-only restriction (available within Office 365 Message Encryption) when applied to Outlook email messages. Roadmap ID: 72218
  • πŸ†• Microsoft 365 Compliance center: Continuous compliance assessments – Automated testing and documentation of scored actions in Compliance Manager with the ability to view or download evidence for an automatically scored action. Roadmap ID: 72222

Release – July 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Information Protection: New named entities SITs and enhanced unified policy authoring templates – 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: 72221


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