Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 14th February 2022

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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 (32)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Outlook client support for records management – When a message has a record label, Outlook will natively block corresponding edit and delete operations. Roadmap ID:85592
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity: Administrative functions in Microsoft 365 security center – As part of the ongoing work to improve the experience of Security Operations professionals and consolidate the functionality of multiple portals into a single space that SecOps can interact with their threat and incident data, Defender for Identity’s administrative functions will be available to view and edit within the Microsoft 365 security center. Roadmap ID:68886
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity: Alert exclusion in Microsoft 365 security center – One of the most widely used features relating to alerting in Defender for Identity is being able to tune them and make sure you are only alerted on what should be getting your attention. With the exclusion capability landing in Microsoft 365 security center for Defender for Identity, you can tune the alerts and filter the detections based on entities that matter to you. Roadmap ID:72203
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity: New Detection – BronzeBit – An alert will be triggered when there is evidence of suspicious Kerberos delegation attempts using the BronzeBit method, where a user has attempted to use a ticket to delegate access to a particular resource. Roadmap ID:85656
  • Microsoft Information Protection: New roles and role groups for granular permissions management – We’re releasing new roles and role groups to allow granular permissions to manage Information Protection and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) within the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Roadmap ID:88531

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Information Protection: Auto-labeling policies support overwriting manual label and encrypting mail received from any organization – New and existing Exchange auto-labeling policies can be configured to apply encryption to email received from outside the organization. In addition, policies can be configured to enforce classification on any email by replacing existing manual labels that have the same or lower label priority. Roadmap ID:85668

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

  • 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. This is currently available in Preview. 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. This is currently available in Preview. Roadmap ID:88510

Release – March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Activity explorer user experience improvements  – We’re improving the user experience of the Activity explorer in the Microsoft 365 compliance center.  New functionality includes a refresh button to allow refreshing the data without reloading the page, and a new option for “Sensitive info type” added to the list of customizable columns. Roadmap ID:88933
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Default classification for content matching trainable classifiers – Admins can view items that match trainable classifiers in Content explorer without first needing to create a policy. Roadmap ID:88936
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Core and Advanced eDiscovery – Enhanced Keyword Query Language (KQL) editor experience (US Government clouds) – The new Keyword Query Language (KQL) editor experiences improves the ability to quickly create an effective query with autofill of common properties and parameters, as well as highlights for potential and breaking errors with recommended mitigations.  The KQL editor experience will be available across Core eDiscovery searches and Advanced eDiscovery collections experiences.  Roadmap ID:88924
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) for macOS – Currently available in public preview, Endpoint DLP for macOS extends the activity monitoring and protection capabilities of DLP to sensitive items that are on macOS devices.  Once the Mac 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. Roadmap ID:88927
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Apply default label policies to existing documents being edited – Users with default labeling policies will now support applying that default to any supported document they edit.  Previously this only applied to new documents.   The preview is available in Current Channel-Preview. Roadmap ID:88515
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery: Case limit enhancements (Government clouds) – Advanced eDiscovery is expanding the limits for collection size, review set volume, and export.  The limits expansion increases the collection size from 300GB currently to 1TB and expands the review set capacity as well to accommodate large case volumes.  Export limits will be increased to 5M documents or 500GB, whichever is smaller.  This update will help ensure organizations are able to manage their eDiscovery process across very large data sets effectively with Advanced eDiscovery. Roadmap ID:85631
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity: Native “response” actions – From this release SecOps will have the ability to directly lock the Active Directory account, or to prompt for the password to be reset, meaning more direct action can be taken when a user is compromised.  Up until now, when a user is confirmed as compromised in Microsoft Defender for Identity, it’s the Azure Active Directory account that is effected via a conditional access rule. Roadmap ID:82077
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information Governance: Optimized behavior of deleted files with multiple versions in SharePoint – SharePoint Online items with multiple versions and a retention label now move to the Preservation Hold Library as a single file containing all versions when deleted. Roadmap ID:82062
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information governance – Retention policies for Yammer – This update enables organizations to apply retention policies on Yammer messages. Roadmap ID:82055
  • Microsoft Compliance Center: Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Advanced eDiscovery – Traditionally, when a site is on hold, the files in the Recycle Bin would be stored in the Preservation Hold library.  In cases when a site is not on hold, there is no way to search or export items in the Recycle Bin.  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 365 Compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery: Release of Graph APIs – Script common eDiscovery actions using the Microsoft Graph REST APIs.   APIs include, but are not limited to: Case, Custodian, Search, Review Set and Export management. Roadmap ID:63068

Release – April 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Information Protection: Configure Teams DLP policies to automatically protect files shared in Teams messages (US Government clouds) – New and existing Teams DLP policies can be configured to automatically protect files shared in Teams private chats and channel messages. Roadmap ID:88939
  • 🆕 Microsoft Information Protection: Auto-labeling policies support overwriting manual label and encrypting mail received from any organization (US Government clouds) – New and existing Exchange auto-labeling policies can be configured to apply encryption to email received from outside the organization. In addition, policies can be configured to enforce classification on any email by replacing existing manual labels that have the same or lower label priority. Roadmap ID:88940
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery: Support Teams reactions – Discover Teams reactions (heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, laugh, surprised, angry) in Advanced eDiscovery. Roadmap ID:65130
  • 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). Now available in public preview. Roadmap ID:82038
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Quarantine support for shared mailboxes – Users who have been granted delegate access to shared mailbox either through direct access or security group access will be able to triage the quarantine folder items of those mailboxes. This makes managing the quarantine for shared mailboxes easier for users.  Roadmap ID:88931
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center: Activity explorer user experience improvements (US Government clouds) – We’re improving the user experience of the Activity explorer in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. New functionality includes a refresh button to allow refreshing the data without reloading the page, and a new option for “Sensitive info type” added to the list of customizable columns. Roadmap ID:88934

Release – June 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Information Protection: Advanced Message Encryption – Office 365 Message Encryption portal access logs – This feature will enable logging of external user activities accessing the Office 365 Message Encryption Portal to retrieve encrypted mail. The logs can be retrieved using the Audit Logs functionality in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Roadmap ID:88914
  • Yammer: New Administrator Role in Azure Active Directory (AAD) – A new role is being added to Azure Active Directory titled, “Yammer Administrator”. Users who are assigned the Yammer Administrator role will be allowed to manage all aspects of the Yammer service.  Roadmap ID:82187

Release – July 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery: Support Teams reactions (US Government clouds) – Discover Teams reactions (heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, laugh, surprised, angry) in Advanced eDiscovery.  Roadmap ID:88922
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Collections and processing enhancement (US Government clouds) – Enhancements to the Advanced eDiscovery Collections and Processing experience with three core updates, including updates to embedded items handling, a new collection setting to include partially indexed items, and additional document metadata for SharePoint content. Roadmap ID:88923
  • 🆕 Azure Active Directory: Customize SSPR, footer hyperlinks and favicon in Company Branding – Today, self-service password reset (SSPR) and footer hyperlinks direct end-users to Microsoft resources. Also, Microsoft logo is rendered in the browser tab. We’re introducing the ability to customize them and remove all references to Microsoft.  Roadmap ID:88928
  • Microsoft 365 compliance center | Advanced eDiscovery: Discover only the document version that has been shared – To help customers efficiently meet their regulatory obligations for discovery, Advanced eDiscovery plans to support the ability to discover the version of the document at the time that it was shared. This helps ensure that the correct document information is available to eDiscovery processes. Roadmap ID:70718
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Updates to the common attachment filter in the anti-malware policy – We are enhancing the common attachments filter (Anti-malware policy) to expand list of available file types and also manage custom file types in the portal. Roadmap ID:85611

Release – September 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance – Reduce detection to investigation time from 24 hours to 1 hour – This feature will reduce the detection to investigation time to under an hour, allowing your organization to respond promptly to policy violations. The alert will be reviewed by a policy investigator, who is explicitly granted permission to review policy alerts by the Communication Compliance admin role. Roadmap ID:88915
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance – Empower end users to report inappropriate messages in Teams – Microsoft Teams users are empowered to report inappropriate or concerning messages within Teams chat and channels. These reported messages are then submitted to a Communication Compliance policy for investigators to review and take action if deemed necessary. Roadmap ID:88916
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance – Gain context around ML model policy matches – Make more informed remediation actions with machine learning (ML) model highlighting. This feature gives investigators greater context around which word or key phrase triggered an ML model policy match and caused a classifier to catch a message. Roadmap ID:88917
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance – Prioritize policy matches using Azure Cognitive Services sentiment analysis – Leveraging Azure Cognitive Services sentiment analysis, messages will be flagged as positive, negative, or neutral sentiment, helping policy investigators prioritize riskier messages to address first. Roadmap ID:88918
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance – Accelerate onboarding with step-by-step guidance – This feature will provide step-by-step guidance on how to properly configure, triage, and remediate policies, highlighting tasks that are heavily leveraged by a user’s role group. Roadmap ID:88919
  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 compliance center: Communication Compliance – Expanded Optical Character Recognition to support handwritten and printed text – Expanding optical character recognition beyond text extracted from images or PDFs to include handwritten and printed text, which will then be evaluated against the customers policy conditions (such as keywords matches for threatening language), further reducing an organizations policy violation risk. Roadmap ID:88920

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