Microsoft 365's connected experiences can be entirely disabled now

The update will be released in August.

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Microsoft 365 sensitivity labels

Microsoft wants to make its 365 productivity platform far more secure by updating it to support the management of sensitivity labels during connected experiences.

More precisely, organizations can deactivate linked experiences and switch off some online characteristics in Microsoft 365 if they suspect any privacy concerns.

According to the latest entry in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, this management will not affect data security policies and will not impact crucial security elements such as sensitivity labels, which are utilized for data classification and safeguarding.

Instead, sensitivity labels and rights management are handled directly via Microsoft Purview, utilizing its security controls instead of general privacy settings in Microsoft 365 Apps.

    Companies may improve privacy by turning off linked experiences. But they don’t need to worry about data security because security controls in Microsoft Purview handle these characteristics differently now.

    Your organization can now disable connected experiences for privacy concerns without impacting data security policies such as sensitivity labels. Services associated with Microsoft Purview (e.g. sensitivity labels and rights management) are no longer controlled by policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps. Instead, these services will rely on their existing security admin controls in Purview portals.


    The update is Microsoft’s latest effort to provide efficient security to all Microsoft 365 users. Let’s not forget that the platform is one of the most targeted. In 2022 alone, over 80% of all Microsoft 365 accounts were hacked at least once.

    The update will be previewed this month, with a full rollout coming in August.

    More about the topics: Microsoft 365, security