Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 31 May 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 (6)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (16)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Information Protection: Data-at-Rest Encryption for Microsoft 365 in WWMT and GCC – Data at rest encryption for Microsoft 365 provides customer key based encryption across multiple M365 workloads. Tenant administrators can configure a single data encryption policy using customer managed keys and assign it to the tenant. Roadmap ID: 68869
  • 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
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Teams location picker supports security groups and distribution lists (GCC-H) – 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: 72229
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Teams location picker supports security groups and distribution lists (DoD) – 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: 72232
  • Microsoft 365 Compliance center: New Permissions management page – Admins will be able to use this new page to view and assign user roles and create and modify custom role groups – activities currently managed within the legacy Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. Roadmap ID: 72239
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Ability to delete a record label – With the update, you will be able to delete unused record labels within the Microsoft 365 Records Management solution. Roadmap ID: 81964

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft 365 Compliance center: Information governance – Yammer retention – This update enables organizations to apply retention policies on Yammer messages. Roadmap ID: 70581
  • 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
  • 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: Retention for Teams – Admins will be able to apply retention and deletion policies to Teams chats and conversations. Roadmap ID: 81963

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – June 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance can now leverage optical character recognition to extract and evaluate messages – Introducing the ability to extract printed or handwritten text from images using Azure’s Computer Vision Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Text extracted will then be evaluated against Communication Compliance policies conditions. Roadmap ID: 83702
  • 🆕 Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: Endpoint discovery for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – Endpoint for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint enables organizations to discover and secure unmanaged endpoints. Once discovered integrated workflows can be used to secure the devices using Defender for Endpoint’s threat and vulnerability management, threat detection and automated incident responses capabilities. Roadmap ID: 82001
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: New Permissions management page – We’re adding a new Permissions page within the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Admins will be able to use this new page to view and assign user roles and create and modify custom role groups – activities currently managed within the legacy Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. Roadmap ID: 82005
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance now support 7 languages for the Threat, Targeted Harassment and Profanities classifiers – Communication Compliance can now detect threat, targeted harassment, and profanities in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. Roadmap ID: 82006
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance Teams conversation context – Provide the ability to retrieve additional conversation context for Microsoft Teams messages that has matched a Communication Compliance policy. Roadmap ID: 68872
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint: Network device discovery for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – Network device discovery for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint enables organizations to discover and secure network devices. Once discovered Defender for Endpoint’s threat and vulnerability management capabilities will be able to provide security recommendations for network devices. Roadmap ID: 72209
  • Microsoft 365 Compliance center: Communication Compliance Sensitive information types per location report –Review and export the sensitive information types detected in all your Microsoft 365 and non-Microsoft communication channels currently scoped into your Communication Compliance policies. Roadmap ID: 81970

Release – July 2021

  • 🆕 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: 83703
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Data loss prevention (DLP) data surfaced in Activity Explorer – DLP-related data sets which currently flow into Microsoft 365 Audit logs will now also surface within Activity Explorer under an activity called ‘DLP rule matched’. Roadmap ID: 82008

Release – August 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: New export experience for Core and Advanced eDiscovery – Core eDiscovery export is being retooled to improve reliability and scalability. The experience will be simplified and does not rely on a click-once application. Automated download of exported content from Core eDiscovery will still not be supported. Roadmap ID: 82007
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information governance – Adaptive retention policies (Public Preview) – This update allows admins to create retention policies scoped to geography, department, or other user or site attribute. For example, admins can create a policy specifically for users in the UK’s human resources team by leveraging the adaptive policy scope. Roadmap ID: 70578

Release – September 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance Sensitive information types per location report – Review and export the sensitive information types detected in all your Microsoft 365 and non-Microsoft communication channels currently scoped into your Communication Compliance policies. Roadmap ID: 83699
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance 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. Pausing a policy will enable an administrator to manually suspend evaluations of communications. Roadmap ID: 83700
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance Teams conversation context – Provide the ability to retrieve additional conversation context for Microsoft Teams messages that has matched a Communication Compliance policy. Roadmap ID: 83701
  • 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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