Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 20th December 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 (9)
  • Rolling out (2)
  • In development (9)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Request Release workflow – We’ve added a way for end users to triage quarantined phish messages. We understand that managing false positives is important to ensuring email is delivered appropriately, and in the past, end users weren’t granted access to the quarantine to view messages. We’ve introduced an option to grant end users read-only access to the quarantine to view quarantined messages and request that an admin release messages to the inbox.  Feature ID:62449
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Quarantine – Custom Policy and Folder – Previously, quarantine behavior was configured through each individual filtering policy. To reduce complexity, we’ve moved new and existing quarantine parameters into a standalone Quarantine policy.  Feature ID:62450
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Configure external sharing for sensitivity labels in Teams and SharePoint sites – With this update, you can set controls on external sharing while configuring a Team or site protection policy. For example you can set a very restrictive one for a Team or site labeled ‘confidential’—restricting sharing with people outside the organization or set a very relaxed one for a Team or site labeled ‘general’—allowing anyone with a link to access without requiring sign-in. Feature ID:70735
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Updates to spam reporting – We’re working on creating consistent reporting experiences for customers, and as a result we’re deprecating the standalone spam detections report. A new Spam detections report view will now be available in the Threat Protection Status report. Feature ID:85561
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information governance and records management: new retention engine for SharePoint Online (Government clouds) – Introduction of our new retention engine for SharePoint Online (SPO) to Government clouds, which addresses the challenges with large tenants or tenants that must process large volumes of data. This will also enhance reliability and SLAs for retention. Feature ID:85628
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) for GCC – Currently available in public preview, Endpoint DLP extends the activity monitoring and protection capabilities of DLP to sensitive items that are on Windows 10 devices. Once devices are onboarded into device management, the information about what users are doing with sensitive items is made visible in activity explorer and you can enforce protective actions on those items via DLP policies. Feature ID:81973
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) for GCC-H and DoD – Currently available in public preview, Endpoint DLP extends the activity monitoring and protection capabilities of DLP to sensitive items that are on Windows 10 devices. Once devices are onboarded into device management, the information about what users are doing with sensitive items is made visible in activity explorer and you can enforce protective actions on those items via DLP policies. Feature ID:81974
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Quarantine integration for user and admin submissions – With this change we’re giving admins the ability to allow senders for a specified period of time, right from the quarantine workflow. When releasing emails to end users, admins can now opt to remember this decision by creating an entry in the tenant allow/block list that corresponds to the indicator of compromise aligned with the message in question. Admins can now choose to allow or prevent users from submitting messages to Microsoft for analysis. Feature ID:82097
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Enhancements to quarantine message preview – We’re changing the way users preview quarantined messages to provide additional security against embedded threats.  With this change some components in quarantined messages will be distorted and not displayed by default. To see the full contents of the message, users can choose to reveal the full message. Feature ID:82098

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Updates to the Mailflow Status Report – We’re introducing a new look for the mailflow status report, as we update existing reports to the latest and greatest. You can expect all of the same great information in an easier to use layout. Roadmap ID: 82173
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Insider risk management – Native triggers (New signals, indicator selection, customization, Activity explorer) (Preview) – You can choose to assign selected indicators as triggering events for a policy. This flexibility and customization help scope the policy to only the activities covered by the indicators. Also, you can customize thresholds for each triggering event. Insider Risk Management in Microsoft 365 correlates various signals from the chip to the cloud to identify potential malicious or inadvertent insider risks, such as IP theft, security, and policy violations, and more. Preview December 2021. Feature ID:82198

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information governance – Apply retention label action at end of retention period – When an item reaches the end of its retention period a new label can be automatically applied. This feature is useful for multi-stage retention when there are different retention settings in each phase of a file’s lifecycle. Roadmap ID: 88827
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Built-in filters in Activity explorer – We are releasing built-in filters for use within Activity explorer to allow easy access to the most used filters. Roadmap ID: 88826
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Records Management – Disable unlocking of records – Records Management admins can disable the ability for users to unlock a record tenant wide. Currently, items marked as a record in SharePoint can be “unlocked” for editing by end users. Roadmap ID: 85663
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information Governance – Configuration option to block the ability to edit metadata for records – This update allows records management admins to prevent users from editing metadata on items designated as records on SharePoint and OneDrive. Preview December 2021. Roadmap ID: 88510
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Hold reports – Out-of-the-box reports that contain information about all legal holds associated with eDiscovery cases in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Sort and filter your view based on various criteria and download the aggregated information for further analysis. Roadmap ID: 88540

Release – February 2022

  • Microsoft Compliance Center: Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Advanced eDiscovery – 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 Defender for Office 365: Updates to the common attachment filter in the anti-malware policy – We’re adding file types to the common attachment filter (default block list) of the Anti-malware policy with three new file types. Please refer to Message Center for the updated list. Feature ID:85611
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information Governance – Allow record label to start “unlocked” for manual records declaration – Organizations sometimes need the ability to declare a file as a record after a period of collaboration. This update allows records managers to apply a record label to content but allow collaboration. Users can then toggle a switch when ready to lock the file and prevent edits. Preview January 2022. Roadmap ID: 88509
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Additional third-party data connectors (Veritas) – 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. This helps you ensure that your organization’s non-Microsoft data is in compliance with the regulations and standards that affect your organization. There are more additional connectors to come from Veritas (formerly Globanet). Preview December 2021. Feature ID:82038

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