Announcing enhanced audit and upload notifications for Exact Data Match (EDM)

We’re releasing a set of updates for Exact Data Match (EDM) that will give you better visibility over EDM events and enable you to receive notifications on EDM data upload status.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 68876 and 68882


Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Service Health and Message center Communications

To provide greater clarity in Service health and Message center, we are consolidating communications for Microsoft 365 Defender services under the service listing ‘Microsoft 365 Defender’. Once this change is in place, the service listing for ‘Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’ will be removed, and future communications related to the service will appear under ‘Microsoft 365 Defender’.

When this will happen


Updated: Billing notifications in Microsoft 365 admin center

We’re updating the Billing notifications page to make it easier to manage who receives billing notification emails in your organization. Additional settings like your organization’s preferred language are now on this page so that all info about billing notifications is in one place.


New service: Data-at-rest encryption for Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 provides baseline, volume-level encryption through BitLocker. Service Encryption provides an added layer of data-at-rest encryption at the application level. Customer Key allows you to control your organization’s encryption keys.

As an application level encryption service, Customer Key support exists today for Exchange Online, Skype for Business, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business workloads in Microsoft’s data centers. We are extending Customer Key support to provide a tenant level encryption support through a new service called Data-at-rest encryption for Microsoft 365.


Updates to audit log search results user experience in Microsoft 365 compliance center

We updating the user experience for audit log search results in Microsoft 365 compliance center to better align with web content accessibility guidelines.


Update for Core eDiscovery and Advanced eDiscovery legal holds, and Information Governance and Records Management re

We are enhancing Core eDiscovery, Advanced eDiscovery legal holds, Information Governance and Records Management retention policies by:

  • Improving scalability and performance to reduce the number of hold distribution errors and to support growing number of tenants onboarding to service. 
  • Locking a pending hold or pending policy from updates (e.g. cancelling, deleting, editing), resulting in more reliable and predictable service.


Licensing updates for Compliance Manager premium assessments

As previously mentioned via in-product messaging and in our service description, we are updating licensing requirements for Compliance Manager premium assessments. This will impact your continued use of premium assessment templates.


Announcing OneDrive for Business location picker support for security groups and distribution lists

Data loss prevention (DLP) for OneDrive for Business will soon support user accounts and groups as part of the policy scoping location picker.

This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70708


Reminder: Microsoft 365 apps and services ending support on IE11 after August 17, 2021

As communicated in MC220490 (August ’20), Microsoft 365 apps and services will be focusing their efforts on modern browser support over the coming year. As a result, Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) after August 17, 2021; after this date, Microsoft 365 apps and services will be unable to connect, or have a degraded feature experience, when accessed on IE11.

For a full list of Microsoft apps with intentions to end support on IE11, please see this Docs page.


MDE infrastructure change might require changes in firewall and Proxy setting

On March 7th, 2021 we will conduct a change in our backend networking infrastructure. This change will result in changes to public IPs of Defender for Endpoint Command and control communication.


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