Three major changes are coming to the Office 365 suite, Microsoft said at TechEd Europe this week.
The first change to the suite is that Office 365 subscribers will have access to unlimited storage in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. The rollout comes at no additional cost to subscribers and will continue over the next couple of months. Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers will be the first to receive the unlimited storage, the company said.
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The second change coming to Office 365 is built-in mobile device management features in the suite. The change is set to roll out sometime in the first quarter of next year, the company said. Powered by Intune, these MDM capabilities will include selective wipes of Office 365 data and simpler policy management options. This change will also include enhanced Intune capabilities to manage mobile devices and mobile applications.
The third change is the expansion of data loss prevention features in a number of products, including Office 365 and Office 365 applications. Beginning in the first quarter of next year, Microsoft will enable file classification infrastructure detection for Office documents in OneDrive for Business, Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. Office 365 applications will include native DLP, beginning with Excel in early 2015 and continuing with Word and PowerPoint later in the year, the company said.
These moves appear to be part of Microsoft’s continued effort to follow its cloud-first strategy in delivering changes and upgrades, which was first discussed in detail at the Microsoft Exchange Conference earlier this year.
We will continue to follow the developments at TechEd Europe and update the post if more information becomes available.
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