Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 9th August 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 (1)
  • In development (10)


  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Safe Links Protection for Microsoft Teams – The power of Safe Links will now be available to protect users from malicious links sent via Microsoft Teams. Roadmap ID: 34298
  • 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: 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 Defender for Office 365: First contact safety tip – This capability adds an extra layer of security protection against potential impersonation attacks. Previously the first contact safety tip was available via PowerShell cmdlet, and with this release will now be available for configuration in the anti-phishing policy. Roadmap ID: 82052
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match to support Auto-labeling (client-side) – Organizations will be able to configure new or existing client-side Auto-labeling policies using Exact Data Match (EDM) Sensitive Information Types (SITs), enabling more fine-grained control over which sensitive content gets labeled. Roadmap ID: 82071


  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information governance – Retention policies for Microsoft Teams private channels – This update enables organizations to apply an organization-wide retention policy on Teams private channel messages. Roadmap ID: 70582


Release – August 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Compliance center: Additional third-party data connectors (17a-4 LLC and CellTrust) – 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: 82120
  • 🆕 Microsoft Compliance center: Insider Risk Management supports native triggers for Azure Active Directory account deletion – Automatically detect user account deletion in Azure Active Directory for your organization to start scoring for risk indicators in the Data theft by departing users policy template. Roadmap ID: 82126

Release – September 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Information Protection: Automatic labeling using trainable classifiers in Office apps for Windows and Web – Within Microsoft Information Protection, you can create sensitivity labels and corresponding automatic or recommended labeling policies in Office apps for Windows and Office Online apps using the following built-in classifiers: Resume, Source code, Threat, Harassment, Profanity. Roadmap ID: 82119
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Data-at-Rest Encryption for Microsoft 365 in DoD and GCC-High – 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: 68870

Release – October 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Search term events in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online for GCC High – Addition of Advanced Audit events that provide information on when and what a user searched for in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. Roadmap ID: 85550
  • 🆕 Microsoft Compliance center: Information Governance: Retention label deletion behavior change in SharePoint – Improved consistency of user experience between OneDrive and SharePoint, allowing users to “delete” files labeled with a retention label configured to “retain items for a specific period” as this operation is no longer blocked with an error message. When deleted, these files will still be preserved for compliance purposes by moving a copy of them to the “Preservation Hold Library” of the site where they can be accessed by eDiscovery and other compliance solutions. Roadmap ID: 82063
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match to support Customer Managed Key – Customers will be able to encrypt Exact Data Match (EDM) data using their own Customer Managed Key (CMK), further enhancing EDM data security. Roadmap ID: 81988

Release – November 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

Release – December 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Compliance center: Ability to export Insider Risk Management alerts – Insider risk management alert information is exportable to security information and event management (SIEM) services via the Office 365 Management Activity API schema. Roadmap ID: 82127

Release – March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 Compliance center: Data purge capabilities for Microsoft Teams content – Extend data purge functionality to Microsoft Teams content to facilitate purge of sensitive or misplaced data. Roadmap ID: 82125

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