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Microsoft announces archiving for non-Microsoft data in Office 365

Today, Office 365 helps customers stay compliant with an archiving solution that covers email, documents in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, and Skype for Business meetings and conversations. But, our customers require and have asked for more—they want Office 365 to provide the same rich archiving capabilities over non-Microsoft data sources, such as social and messaging data, as well.

To accommodate customers who require archiving of non-Microsoft data in Office 365, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with two popular vendors in the archiving space: Actiance and Globanet.


Thanks to extensive collaboration and deep integration with Actiance and Globanet, Office 365 extends its rich and comprehensive archiving solution to cover a wide array of third-party data sources:

  • Social — Twitter, Facebook, Yammer, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Instant messaging — Yahoo Messenger, GoogleTalk, Cisco Jabber, etc.
  • Document collaboration — Box, DropBox, etc.
  • Verticals — SalesForce Chatter, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.
  • SMS/text messaging — BlackBerry, MobileGuard, etc.

The entire compliance stack in Office 365—eDiscovery, Retention, Hold and Auditing—will have access to these new data sources. Both Microsoft as well as non-Microsoft data will be treated alike throughout the system

Partners are doing work to integrate their products seamlessly with Office 365. By simply indicating Office 365 as an archiving destination in their products, customers will be able to immediately capture data from numerous data sources. There is no need for any additional configuration in Office 365. All captured data flows into Office 365’s auto-expanding archives. Once data is housed in Office 365, it is fully available to the Compliance tools that our customers are familiar with. Using our eDiscovery and Equivio analytics tools, customers will be able to search, preview and conduct extensive reviews on all ingested data and associated properties. Customers will be able to define retention policies for specific data sources—such as “Delete Facebook data after one year” and so on. And finally, every incoming piece of data, regardless of type or source, will be fully tracked and logged by our comprehensive Auditing tools, with full transparency to customers.

An early preview of our upcoming eDiscovery experience in Office 365 with native support for non-Microsoft data:

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Source: Office Blogs

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